DIRECTED BY JOHN FORD/ GREGG TOLAND
PRODUCED BY JOHN FORD
U.S. War Department
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"Docudrama" about the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941
and its results, the recovering of the ships, the improving of defense in Hawaii
and the US efforts to beat back the Japanese reinforcements.
Written by Stephan Eichenberg
Walter Huston ... Uncle Sam 'U.S.'
Harry Davenport ... Mr. 'C'
Dana Andrews ... Ghost of US sailor killed at Pearl Harbor
Paul Hurst ... World War I Ghost Soldier
George O'Brien ... Narrator (voice)
James Kevin McGuinness ... Narrator (voice) (as James K. McGuiness)
Addie Allen ... Herself
James E. Kelley ... Himself
Mrs. James E. Kelley ... Herself
Mrs. William J. Leight ... Herself
William J. Leight ... Himself
Henry L. Rosenthal ... Himself
Mrs. Henry L. Rosenthal ... Herself
Mrs. William H. Schick ... Herself
William H. Schick ... Himself
Mrs. Stephen Szabo ... Herself
Stephen Szabo ... Himself
Jesus A. Tafoya ... Himself
Mrs. Jesus A. Tafoya ... Herself
Philip Ahn ... Shinto Priest (uncredited)
Ralph Byrd ... Reporter (uncredited)
Hirohito ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Robert Lowery ... Pvt. Joseph Lockhart (uncredited)
Benito Mussolini ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Irving Pichel ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Joseph B. Poindexter ... Himself (uncredited)
Lionel Royce ... Mr. Hanneman (uncredited)
William R. Schick Jr. ... Himself (uncredited)
Karl Swenson ... Machine-Gunner (uncredited)
H.N. Wallin ... Himself (uncredited)
Budd Schulberg uncredited
The Japanese planes attacking Pearl Harbor were US "Dauntless" bombers.
Walter Huston, who plays Uncle Sam, the personification of the United States, was born in Canada.
John Ford was brought in to re-shoot some scenes, shoot new ones and re-edit the film after the Army expressed its displeasure with the results of original director Gregg Toland.
The War and Navy Departments, producers of the movie, are credited orally by a narrator.
Started within days of the attack, the original film was 82 minutes long and asked some embarrassing questions, such as why there was no long-range reconnaissance and no short range air patrols. Further, the film had a lot of time devoted to the culture of the 160,000 Japanese in Hawaii and their response to the attack. For these reasons the long version of the film was censored for decades and the shorter 32-minute version released
The film won an Academy Award at the 16th Academy Awards in 1944 for Documentary Short Subject.
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"December 7th," directed by John Ford, begins with the aftermath of the
Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, nicknamed "the Navy's hundred million
dollar fist." Authentic footage of the invasion is mixed with reenactments
to provide a complete portrait of the events of that fateful day. An
extended sequence pays tribute to the American soldiers killed in the
attack, many of whom are individually profiled, complete with
testimonials offered by surviving family members. American bravery is
not only embodied by the fallen, it is proven by the resolve that comes
in response to the attack. The film culminates in a profile of the
Navy's recovery of one sunken vessel in particular, employing the effort
as a metaphor for the American cause, "a symbol of the fighting spirit
of our men who build and man our ships." Much like this successful
refitting, the film suggests that American forces will rise from destruction,