Narrated by Tom Selleck: Sunday, December 7, 1941 was a beautiful morning on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. A few sailors and soldiers were already up and playing a game of football near ... See full summary »
Pvt. Steve Smith (Donald Barry) goes by the nickname Lucky. He's stationed in Hawaii but he mainly sees the Army as a fun time. He never takes it too serious and one day it ends up costing his friend his life. Soon afterwards Smith is just an everyday guy but he becomes suspicious and soon he uncovers the plot that will lead to the Pearl Harbor attack.
This low-budget "B" movie from Republic actually managed to be the first fictional movie based on Pearl Harbor and was in theaters on May 18, 1942. Yes, as you can tell, it didn't take the studio too long to read the headlines on that tragic day and get this into production and onto movie screens. While I'm sure this film gained interest from movie fans in 1942, there's really very little here worth while unless you're just a film buff wanting to see the first movie on the subject.
Those who couldn't stand the Michael Bay film are going to find even less here to enjoy. The biggest problem is that we've seen this type of story way too many times before. The story of a loser not taking his job serious enough until it's too late and then he must stand up is something that was worn out and boring by the time the silent era was over. The added benefit of this taking place before Pearl Harbor really doesn't add much because the story is just so weak and the direction isn't much better.
The first fifty minutes of the 75 minute running time is basically a bunch of boring dialogue scenes with bland and forgettable characters. The action finally picks up towards the end but the budget was so low that these scenes never gain any sort of excitement and the miniatures aren't any better. Barry sleepwalks through the performance and none of the supporting players can add much either.
REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR is basically an exploitation film that was using the tragedy in its title to try and gain box office cash. I'm sure it succeeded but the film itself is forgettable.
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