Okinawa (1952)


Okinawa (1952)

Basically the story of the sea battle for Okinawa between the ships of the U.S. Navy and the Japanese suicide planes---the Kamaikazes---and, as such, is filled with stock footage from official U.S. war-department films and newsreels and from Japanese newsreels..and even a movie-within-a-movie where 1948's "Ladies of the Chorus" is shown to a crew of a ship in 1944. The factual story is interlaced with a fictional one dealing with the crew of an American destroyer which is assigned to an ocean picket line around Okinawa to protect the supply ships and the forces on the island. As such, it has the usual battle-weary skipper, the Latino wise-guy, the "Kid" and the "Old Veteran", and the brash, cigar-chewing "operator" on the ship who has cornered the entire supply of the ship's beer rations.
IMDb  5.2 /10
Director Leigh Jason
Writer Arthur A. Ross
Writer Leonard Stern
Writer Jameson Brewer
Release Date1952-02-28
Runtime1h 7mins
GenreAction, Drama, History, War
Content RatingPassed (Passed)
CompanyColumbia Pictures
Lt. Cmdr. Hale
'Grip' McCleary
Robby Roberg
James Dobson
James Dobson

Okinawa (film)

Okinawa is a 1952 War film directed by Leigh Jason, starring Pat O'Brien and Cameron Mitchell.

Plot summary

Captain Hale commands a U.S. Naval vessel taking part in the battle of Okinawa. The lightly fictionalized film, which includes a lot of genuine historical newsreel footage, contains the full set of usual character types found in WWII movies made in the 1950s.


  • Pat O'Brien as Lt. Cmdr. Hale
  • Cameron Mitchell as 'Grip' McCleary
  • Richard Denning as Lt. Phillips
  • Rhys Williams as Robby Roberg
  • James Dobson as Emerson
  • Richard Benedict as Delgado
  • Rudy Robles as Felix