Tarawa Beachhead

Tarawa Beachhead

Director: Paul Wendkos Cast: Kerwin Mathews, Julie Adams, Ray Danton


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A soldier is expected to never question the actions of his commanding officer, but when a Marine sees his CO breaking the law, he finds himself facing a difficult dilemma in this provocative war drama. The trouble begins when the officer kills another soldier during a battle. The Marine who witnesses it wants to report it, but fears that the other superior officers will not believe him. As the battles rage on, the officer and the Marine are frequently paired; the tension between the two mounts. Things get really sticky when the CO marries the Marine's sister and the Marine falls for the slain man's widow. Just before the Marine files formal charges, the CO ends up dying in battle. It seems to be a heroic death. As the story ends, a general, preparing to award the officer a posthumous Medal of Honor, asks the Marine about him. The Marine cryptically quips, "Nobody knows anybody...."

Product Details

Release Date: 08/16/2010
UPC: 0043396354982
Original Release: 1958
Rating: NR
Source: Sony Pictures Home
Presentation: [B&W]
Sales rank: 49,600

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kerwin Mathews Sgt. Tom Sloan
Julie Adams Ruth Campbell
Ray Danton Lt. Joel Brady
Karen Sharpe Paula Nelson
Onslow Stevens Gen. Nathan Keller
Russell Thorson Casey Nelson
Eddie Ryder Lt. Gideon
John Baer Johnny Campbell
Buddy Lewis Brodzky
Bill Boyett Ullman
Michael Garth Maj. Westerly
Jon-Mikl Thor Col. Kempler
Lee Farr Sgt. Anderson

Technical Credits
Paul Wendkos Director
Carl Anderson Art Director
Henry Freulich Cinematographer
Charles H. Schneer Producer
Richard Alan Simmons Screenwriter
Jerome Thoms Editor

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