Remember Pearl Harbor (1942)

Genres - Drama, War  |   Sub-Genres - War Drama  |   Release Date - May 18, 1942 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 75 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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No sooner had the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 than Republic Pictures managed to register the title Remember Pearl Harbor for copyright, beating out all the "major" studios in the process. The title was far more dramatic than the film attached to it, which has something to do with pugnacious American GI Lucky Smith (a rare non-western appearance by Don "Red" Barry). Our hero spends the first few reels being tossed in the stockade, often accompanied by his buddies Bruce Gordon (Alan Curtis) and Portly Potter (Maynard Holmes). Shortly after the demolition of Pearl Harbor, Lucky and Bruce uncover a gang of Fifth Columnists, operating in the Philippines. Shaping up in a hurry, Lucky volunteers to lead a suicidal air mission against a Japanese troop ship, thereby redeeming himself for inadvertently causing the death of his pal Portly in an earlier scene. Under closer scrutiny, Remember Pearl Harbor turns out to be a remake of 1940's Girl from Havana, itself a remake of the 1939 Roy Rogers western Rough Riders' Roundup, which was a remake of another 1939 effort, Forged Passport, which was first filmed in 1936 as The Leathernecks Have Landed!



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