During WWII director John Ford was serving in the Field Photographic Branch of the OSS. Ford created two films during the war: the first being this propaganda film for American audiences detailing the battle of Midway. This short film covers the attack on Midway Island, aerial planes and anti-aircraft guns, the search for survivors, and the aftermath. John Ford’s documentary footage was later re-edited, in true Hollywood fashion, with voice-over narration by professional actors (including Henry Fonda). The Battle of Midway won the Oscar in 1943 for Best Documentary.
John Ford directed an astonishing 145 films in his career, winning six Oscars. He was also the first recipient of the American Film Institute Life Achievement Award in 1973.
USA | 18 minutes | 1942
Director: John Ford
Producer: John Ford
Cinematography: John Ford
Editor: John Ford, Robert Parrish
Music: Alfred Newman
Script: John Ford, James K. McGuinness, Dudley Nichols
Donald Crisp as Narrator
Henry Fonda as Narrator
Jane Darwell as Narrator
and this just in
The Jack Benny Program: The Bobby Darin Show (CBS 28 Jan 1964)
The Bobby Darin Show: With the movie studio still working on the Jack Benny biography movie, Jack insists on playing...
Father Knows Best: Big Sister (S4EP14 NBC 8 Jan 1958)
Big Sister: Betty is assigned to be Kitten’s counselor at summer camp, but after she throws her authoritative weight around...
McHale’s Navy: Carpenter in Command (S2EP33 ABC 28 Apr 1964)
Carpenter in Command: In temporary command of the base, while Binghamton recovers from a broken leg, and drunk with power,...
Hunter: Girl On the Beach (S4EP16 NBC 16 Feb 2018)
Girl On the Beach: Hunter looks after Captain Devane to make sure he doesn’t do anything extreme after his ex-wife...
Hunter: Naked Justice Part 2 (S4EP15 NBC 9 Feb 1988)
Naked Justice (2): In his investigation of the death of a famous movie actress, Hunter follows a contract killer into...
The Rockford Files: The Man Who Saw the Alligators (S5EP17 Cozi TV Sat 22 Dec 2018)
The Man Who Saw the Alligators: A former hitman, who was captured and sentenced to prison by Rockford’s efforts, will...
Hunter: Naked Justice Part One (S4EP14 NBC 2 Feb 1988)
Naked Justice (1): Detectives Hunter and McCall are assigned to investigate the mysterious death of a famous movie star; they...
Top Chef: Naughty and Nice (S16EP3 Bravo Thurs 20 Dec 2018)
Naughty and Nice: A special guest sits with the chefs to share an elaborate French styled dinner; Padma informs the...
History of Mr. Polly, The (1949, John Mills, Betty Ann Davies)
In this pleasant adaptation of the H G Wells novel, John Mills plays the eponymous Mr Polly who, disillusioned by...
The Spanish Gardener (1956, )
Adapted from AJ Cronin’s novel, this is the story of a minor diplomat, played with admirable restraint by Michael Horden,...
We Were Soldiers (2002, Mel Gibson, Greg Kinnear)
Few things demonstrate the zeitgeist better than war movies. The liberal lobby – from Platoon to Three Kings – has...