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Battle at Bloody Beach (1961)

Approved | | Drama, War | 1 June 1961 (USA)
In 1941, after the Japanese invasion of the Philippines, American civilian Craig Benson helps organizing the Philippine guerrilla fighters, delivering supplies and evacuating stranded civilians.

Director:

Herbert Coleman

Writers:

Richard Maibaum (screenplay), Richard Maibaum (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Audie Murphy ... Craig Benson
Gary Crosby ... Marty Sackler
Dolores Michaels ... Ruth Benson
Alejandro Rey ... Julio Fontana
Marjorie Stapp ... Caroline Pelham
Barry Atwater ... Pelham
E.J. André ... Dr. Van Bart
Dale Ishimoto ... Blanco
Lillian Bronson ... Delia Ellis
Miriam Colon ... Nahni
Pilar Seurat Pilar Seurat ... Camota
William Mims William Mims ... M'Keever
Ivan Dixon ... Tiger Blair
Sara Anderson ... Mrs. Thompson
Kevin Brodie ... Timmy Thompson
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Storyline

This is only the second Audie Murphy movie set in WWII after his autobiographical "To Hell and Back." Here Murphy steps out of his usual kid-Western role to play a civilian working for the Navy helping supply guerilla insurgents in the Philippines. His sole motive is not politics nor bravery, but to find his bride from whom he was separated during the Japanese invasion two years before. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 June 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sangre en la playa See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

When the two Americans were watching a passing "Japanese" cruiser the ship in the binoculars was actually a British three stack cruiser and the long view off the cliff was an American two stack destroyer. See more »

Quotes

Ruth Benson: You know, you're a brave man.
Craig Benson: I'm only as brave as I need to be.
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Alternate Versions

The UK release was cut, upon a formal submission to the BBFC for it's original theatrical release the distributor chose to make cuts in order to obtain a U classification. Details of these cuts are unclear however as details of the cuts have not been made public. However, upon a formal re-submission to the BBFC for a DVD release the distributor was required to make cuts to the film to remove a scene animal cruelty, in which two cocks are goaded into fighting within the context of a cockfight. The cuts were made in line with the Cinematograph Films (Animals) Act 1937. See more »

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Good cast, but otherwise.........
18 January 2007 | by PanamintSee all my reviews

Small-scale story of individuals caught up in a giant war, as opposed to a big WWII blockbuster. Low-budget black and white movie, but that's OK since it is not a blockbuster. However, the combination of low budget, poor script and below-average direction prevents this film from being worthwhile. It appears to have been filmed very quickly, maybe in a matter of days or a couple of weeks.

Audie Murphy has a lot of screen "presence" and he elevates what is otherwise not much here. Dolores Michaels is great as always and very watchable. Her leading-lady talent is far above this insignificant movie. Alejandro Rey is watchable as he again elevates one of his many B-movie roles and TV appearances (he had a remarkable ability to do this).

The cheap California island location filming is surprisingly adequate as a substitute for the real would-be scene of the action.

Can't really recommend this, but the movie's stars outshine the material and are individually fine.


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