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The Fighing Sullivans is a 1944 Academy Award-nominated film, directed by Lloyd Bacon and written by Edward Doherty, Mary C. McCall Jr. and Jules Schermer, set in World War II. The story follows the lives of the five Irish-American Sullivan brothers, who grew up in Iowa during the days of the Great Depression and served together in the United States Navy during World War II. The film traces the boys from childhood, maintaining a relatively lighthearted tone until the Sullivans sign up en masse for the navy at the outbreak of the war. Refusing to be separated, the boys are all assigned to the cruiser, the USS Juneau (CL-52) and all are killed when the vessel goes down at Guadalcanal. This appalling incident (which made something of a celebrity of the brothers' grieving father when he went on a nationwide patriotic lecture tour) resulted in the Navy's decision to never again allowed all the enlisted members of one family to serve on the same ship. Even from the vantage point of fifty years, the scene in which the family receives the wire from the war department is impossible to watch with a dry eye. The film is based on the brothers' true life story. The film was originally released under the name The Sullivans; in 1945 it was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Story.

Starring ... Anne Baxter, Thomas Mitchell, Selena Royle, Edward Ryan,
Trudy Marshall, John Campbell, James Cardwell, John Alvin, George Offerman Jr.

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Producers: Sam Jaffe & Robert Kane

Year Released - Feb. 1944

Length - 112 minutes

Music Composer: Cyril J. Mockridge

Movie Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox

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