The Fighting Sullivans (1944) DVD

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The Fighting Sullivans (1940)


 Lloyd Bacon


 Edward Doherty (story), Mary C. McCall Jr.


 Anne Baxter, Thomas Mitchell, Selena Royle
The Sullivans attempts to find the positives in one of the most tragic chapters of World War II. Edward Ryan, John Campbell, James B. Cardwell, John Alvin and George Offerman Jr. play the Sullivan brothers, sons of an Iowa railroad worker (Thomas Mitchell) and his wife (Selena Royle). The film traces the boys from childhood, maintaining a relatively lighthearted tone until the Sullivans sign up en masse for the navy at the outbreak of the war. Refusing to be separated, the boys are all assigned to the cruiser Juneau--and all are killed when the vessel goes down at Guadalcanal. This appalling incident (which made something of a celebrity of the brothers' grieving father when he went on a nationwide patriotic lecture tour) resulted in the Navy's decision to never again allowed all the enlisted members of one family to serve on the same ship. Even from the vantage point of fifty years, the scene in which the family receives the wire from the war department is impossible to watch with a dry eye. 

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  • 5
    My Lifelong Companion

    Posted by Unknown on Jun 5th 2022

    Saw this as a child and choked with emotion. Viewed it many time in 75 years and have now found my own copy. The film has never changed but I have over time. I have had a life long study of this horrific tragedy. It has always been meaningful to me. My brother was killed in Korea and the loss of the 5 Sullivan brother kept me from serving in Vietnam. While it may not be a cinematic block-buster it is a very moving film that is still difficult to watch. The price of freedom is steep and is long remembered. I recommend this to anyone with interest in WW2. This is based on the actual loss at sea of 5 brothers early in the war.

  • 5
    World War 2's devastation on a single family.

    Posted by Steve Horvath on Jul 23rd 2019

    The story tells how the brothers from the same family met their fate during World War 2.

  • 5
    Fighting Sullivans Excellent

    Posted by Odealia Reed on Feb 6th 2018

    I had looked all over for this vintage movie of the life of the five Sullivan brothers lost at sea. Most sites didn't have it, and on the price they wanted was astronomical. So I turned to Zeus, and I am so glad that I did. The price of the movie was quite reasonable and the quality was excellent. Thanks, Zeus for providing quality classical films at reasonable prices.

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