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Away All Boats(1956)

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The closing credits contain the following written statement: "A grateful salute to the Amphibious forces, U.S. Navy, and the Amphibious Assault Troops of the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Army." Away All Boats was based on the best-selling memoir of the same title written by Kenneth M. Dodson, a former executive officer of the naval attack transport the USS Pierce. According to studio press materials, Universal's vice-president in charge of production, Edward Muhl, bought the screen rights to the novel in March 1954. A January 1955 Hollywood Reporter news item reported that the filmmakers originally considered locations in Puerto Rico.
       Universal press materials supply the following information about the production: the studio earned the permission of the U.S. Navy to join 200 ships and 10,000 men in the Virgin Islands to film a three-day assault on the Puerto Rican island Vieques, some of the footage from which was included in Away All Boats. The entire cast and crew boarded in St. Thomas and filmed aboard the USS Randall, renamed the Belinda for the film, and shot deck and aerial photography of the Navy's maneuvers. Director Joseph Pevney hired at least twenty-five Marines to act as extras in the film. After one month of production in the Caribbean, the company returned to California to shoot the remaining scenes at the San Diego Naval Base and the Universal lot. According to a May 1966 Daily Variety item, Howard Christie planned to produce a sequel to Away All Boats, set in Vietnam, but that film was never made.