December 7th: The Movie (1943)

December 7th: The Movie
 

Released in 1943: A Docu-drama produced by the Navy and War Department with military film footage of the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the aftermath.

Directed by John Ford and Gregg Toland

The Actors: Walter Huston ('U.S.' Uncle Sam), Harry Davenport (Mr. 'C' - the conscience of Uncle Sam), Dana Andrews (ghost of U.S. sailor killed at Pearl Harbor), Paul Hurst (WWI ghost soldier), George O'Brien (single voice of the dead servicemen), James Kevin McGuinness (narrator), Addie Allen (herself), James E. Kelley (himself), Mrs. James E. Kelley (herself), Mrs. William J. Leight (himself), Henry L. Rosenthal (himself), Mrs. Henry L. Rosenthal (herself), Mrs. William H. Schick (herself), William H. Schick (himself), Mrs. Stephen Szabo (herself), Stephen Szabo (himself), Jesus A. Tafoya (himself), Mrs. Jesus A. Tafoya (herself), Philip Ahn (Shinto Priest), Ralph Byrd (reporter), Hirohito (himself), Adolph Hitler (himself), Robert Lowery (Private Joseph Lockhard), Benito Mussolini (himself), Irving Pichel (narrator), Joseph B. Poindexter (himself), Lionel Royce (Mr. Hanneman), William R. Schick Jr. (himself), Karl Swenson (machine gunner), H.N. Wallin (himself).

 

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Until you watch this motion picture, produced by the U.S. Navy and the War Department in 1943, you haven't seen the real story of Pearl Harbor and its aftermath. The movie opens with a recreation of the day before the attack, December 6, 1941, and a conversation between 'Uncle Sam' and his conscience, 'Mr. C' explaining the American mood that day before the attack. Then incredible real footage from the Sunday morning attack that rivals the opening scenes from "Saving Private Ryan" in its intensity and seemingly never ending brutality. Then we watch as America learns, recovers, and fights back. We see what Hawaii looked like before December 7, 1941, we see amazing footage of the attack, and we see the post attack war time Hawaii as we've never seen before.

There were four versions of this movie produced. They created a twenty minute version to be shown to war workers, a twenty minute version that won an Oscar, a 34 minute version to be shown in theaters across the country, and this 82 minute restored, complete uncut version. If you want to really experience America and its entrance into World War II, this is the motion picture that will give you that experience.

Antonio Tafoya
Antonio Tafoya, died during the attack on Pearl Harbor
Harry Davenport
Harry Davenport as 'Mr. C' - the concience of America
Harry Davenport
Harry Davenport
James Leight
James Leight, died during the attack on Pearl Harbor
Lieutenand William Schick
Lieutenant William Schick died during the attack on Pearl Harbor
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Rosenthal
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Rosenthal lost their son during the attack on Pearl Harbor
Mr. and Mrs. James Kelly
Mr. and Mrs. James Kelly lost their son Robert during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 19441
Mr. and Mrs. Jesus Tafoya
Mr. and Mrs. Jesus Tafoya lost their son Antonio during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Szabo
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Szabo lost their son Theodore during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941
Mr. and Mrs. William Leight
Mr. and Mrs. William J. Leight lost their son during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 -->
Mrs. Addie Allen
Mrs. Addie Allen lost her son during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941
Mrs. William R. Schick and son
Mrs. William R. Schick and son William lost husband and father William Schick during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Philip Ahn
Actor Philip Ahn as a Shinto Priest explaining the Shinto religion.
Ralph Byrd
Actor Ralph Byrd as a reporter confronting a Japanese official.
The Schick Family
Lieutenant William Schick's mother, wife, newborn son, and father.
Theodore Stephen Szabo
Theodore Stephen Szabo died during the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 7, 1941
V for Victory
A smoke plane creating a 'V' for victory near the end of the motion picture
Walter Houston and Harry Davenport
Walter Houston and Harry Davenport discussing the Hawaii that existed before December 7, 1941
Walter Houston
Walter Houston as Uncle Sam
Walter Houston
Walter Houston, as Uncle Sam, on vacation in Hawaii