Go For Broke (September 22, 1951)
Released September 22, 1951: (running time 1 hour and 31 minutes) The true story of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the most decorated regiment in history, created in 1943 by special Presidential order.
Directed by Robert Pirosh
Written by Robert Pirosh
The Actors: Van Johnson (Lieutenant Michael Grayson, Platoon Leader), Lane Nakano (Sam), George Miki (Chick), Akira Fukunaga (Frank), Ken K. Okamoto (Kaz), Henry Oyasato (Sergeant Takashi Ohhara, Platoon Sergeant), Harry Hamada (Masami), Henry Nakamura (Tommy), Warner Anderson (Colonel Charles W. Pence), Don Haggerty (Sergeant Wilson I. Culley), Gianna Maria Canale (Rosina), Dan Riss (Captain Solari), Richard Anderson (Lieutenant), Danny Aredas (Masami's buddy), John Banner (German officer), Hugh Beaumont (the chaplain), Robert Boon (German soldier), Mack Chandler (Texas soldier), Monique Chantal (French girl), Tony Christian (German prisoner), Mark W. Clark (himself, the postscript narrator), Ann Codee (pianist), Albert D'Arno (German soldier), Rene de Loffre (French boy), Josette Deegan (French girl), Edward Earle (the General at the dress parade), Jerry Fujikawa (communications Sergeant), Jack George (the French Priest), Eugene Gericke (Texas soldier), Henry Guttman (German officer), Claude Guy (French boy), Joe Haworth (Texas soldier), Gladys Holland (French girl), Ray Hyke (Military Policeman), Toru Lura (interpreter), Frank Iwanaga (soldier), Tennessee Jim (Texas soldier), Jeanne Lafayette (French girl), Michele Lange (French bar girl), Freeman Lusk (General at the dress parade), Harris Matsushige (soldier), Louis Mercier (French farmer), Richard Monda (Italian boy), Roger Moore (Major), Ernesto Morelli (Italian husband), Rollin Moriyama (Nisei), Tsutomu Paul Nakamura (Sergeant Major), George Offerman Jr. (Texas soldier), Frank Okada (Platoon leader), Robert Otoi (soldier),Walter Reed (Captain), John R. Reilly (Texan), Carmela Restivo (Italian woman), Ned Roberts (German soldier), Mario Siletti (Italian farmer), Robert Spencer (American officer), George Tanaguchi (Ohhara's brother), Paul Togawa (soldier), Harry S. Truman (President of the U.S., postscript voice at end), Frank Wilcox (Headquarters General), Larry Winter (German soldier), William Yetter Sr. (German soldier).
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The Legendary 442
Once in a while a fan contacts me complaining that I reveal too much of the story plot. They like to encounter a bit of surprise, and I ruin it for them. I’ll try to retain an element of surprise in this World War Two battle movie. This true story was filmed five years after the 442 Regimental Combat Team was deactivated from combat service in Europe, later to become the only Infantry Reserve Regiment that still exists today. Several of the most decorated fighting men were used as extras in this story.
The Fighting 442 was created on February 1, 1943, during the heaviest fighting of World War Two. In two years of brutal battle they became the most decorated unit in U.S. Military history. During those years of fighting, the 4,000 soldiers took so many casualties that before fighting ended almost 14,000 men were part of the unit. During two years of fighting they earned 18,000 awards, including 21 medals of honor, eight Presidential Unit Citations, 4,000 Bronze Stars, and 9,486 purple hearts.
This unit was formed of special men at the order of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on January 28, 1943. It was estimated that about 1,500 special recruits could be found, but an amazing 10,000 of these special men quickly volunteered. The skill and dedication of the fighting men that were willing to ‘Go for Broke’ set new standards for fighting forces around the world. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Lane Nakano, Henry Nakamura
Van Johnson, Ken Miwa