Guadalcanal Diary (1943) Directed by Lewis Seiler
Lloyd Nolan as Sgt. Hook Malone and Richard Jaeckel as Pvt. Johnny “Chicken” Anderson.

Anderson: How do you feel about killin’… people?
Malone: Well, it’s kill or be killed, ain’t it? Besides, those ain’t people.
Anderson: Yeah, I know, but the first time you got one of ’em…
Malone: Well, it was kinda rugged I guess… then it’s just a matter of repetition. Quit thinkin’ about it. You’ll go crazy.

2 Responses to “Guadalcanal Diary (1943) – Memorial Day”

  1. Yep, some very appropriate dialogue and most noteworthy film for this very special day of remembrance here stateside. I know there are others that might be watched this day – Saving Private Ryan, The Big Parade, The Story of G.I. Joe, Battleground, Men in War, The Thin Red Line, Glory, Platoon, Born on the 4th of July and some others.

    Even two of the greatest war films ever made, though not featuring Americans, Lewis Milestone’s ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT and Jean Renoir’s GRAND ILLUSION are deserving of mention here.

  2. I was huge into WWII when I was a little kid and I always had a soft spot for this film even if others were more powerful or popular.

    Joel, something tells me you meant to post your comment in the Watercooler and not the Movie Quote of the Day so with your permission I’m going to move it….

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