Battle at Bloody Beach (1961)

80 mins | Melodrama | 7 June 1961

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HISTORY

Opening credits are followed by a title card which reads, “During the Japanese occupation of the Philippines.”
       Battle at Bloody Beach, also referred to as The Battle at Bloody Beach and The Battle of Bloody Beach, was designated as one of producer Robert L. Lippert’s upcoming twenty-picture slate, to be released by Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp. and produced by Lippert’s Associated Producers, Inc., as reported in a 17 Aug 1960 DV article. Lippert was known for his low-budget productions, and the initial cost of Battle at Bloody Beach was set at $400,000.
       An item in the 11 Jan 1961 DV indicated that Maury Dexter would direct and singer Kenny Miller was up for a role. However, Dexter did not remain with the project, and Miller received no onscreen credit.
       Principal photography began on 17 Jan 1961, according to a 20 Jan 1961 DV production chart, after slight delays caused by the accidental sinking of a WWII submarine chaser moored off the coast of Catalina Island, CA, which was to be used for filming, the 19 Jan 1961 DV noted. Raising the 100-foot naval vessel, which Lippert had purchased from a scrap metal firm for $2,000, cost the production an added $35,000 and was demanded by the U.S. Coast Guard, concerned that the sunken hull “would have been a peril to sea traffic.” In addition to Catalina locales, some scenes were filmed in the La Jolla section of San Diego, CA, as stated in a 10 Feb 1961 DV item, which named Paul Lees as a recently hired cast member.
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Opening credits are followed by a title card which reads, “During the Japanese occupation of the Philippines.”
       Battle at Bloody Beach, also referred to as The Battle at Bloody Beach and The Battle of Bloody Beach, was designated as one of producer Robert L. Lippert’s upcoming twenty-picture slate, to be released by Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp. and produced by Lippert’s Associated Producers, Inc., as reported in a 17 Aug 1960 DV article. Lippert was known for his low-budget productions, and the initial cost of Battle at Bloody Beach was set at $400,000.
       An item in the 11 Jan 1961 DV indicated that Maury Dexter would direct and singer Kenny Miller was up for a role. However, Dexter did not remain with the project, and Miller received no onscreen credit.
       Principal photography began on 17 Jan 1961, according to a 20 Jan 1961 DV production chart, after slight delays caused by the accidental sinking of a WWII submarine chaser moored off the coast of Catalina Island, CA, which was to be used for filming, the 19 Jan 1961 DV noted. Raising the 100-foot naval vessel, which Lippert had purchased from a scrap metal firm for $2,000, cost the production an added $35,000 and was demanded by the U.S. Coast Guard, concerned that the sunken hull “would have been a peril to sea traffic.” In addition to Catalina locales, some scenes were filmed in the La Jolla section of San Diego, CA, as stated in a 10 Feb 1961 DV item, which named Paul Lees as a recently hired cast member.
       The 8 Mar 1961 Var noted that the budget had risen to $585,000. Soon after, a 12 Apr 1961 Var brief put the final cost of the film at $630,000.
       Assistant director Francisco Day is also known as Chico Day. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
17 Aug 1960
p. 1, 4.
Daily Variety
6 Dec 1960
p. 8.
Daily Variety
11 Jan 1961
p. 10.
Daily Variety
19 Jan 1961
p. 4.
Daily Variety
20 Jan 1961
p. 10.
Daily Variety
10 Feb 1961
p. 25.
Daily Variety
7 Jul 1961
p. 3.
New York Times
14 Aug 1961
p. 28.
New York Times
17 Aug 1961
p. 18.
Variety
8 Mar 1961
p. 3.
Variety
12 Apr 1961
p. 4.
Variety
14 Jun 1961
p. 18.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Robert L. Lippert Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus comp & cond
SOUND
Supv sd ed
MAKEUP
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod supv
Scr supv
Prop master
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
The Battle at Bloody Beach
The Battle of Bloody Beach
Release Date:
7 June 1961
Premiere Information:
Buffalo, New York, opening: 7 June 1961
New York opening: 16 August 1961
Production Date:
began 17 January 1961
Copyright Claimant:
Associated Producers, Inc.
Copyright Date:
1 June 1961
Copyright Number:
LP19569
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Widescreen/ratio
CinemaScope
Duration(in mins):
80
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

During the Japanese invasion of the Philippines, American civilian Craig Benson works with guerrilla fighters on the islands, delivering supplies and evacuating stranded civilians. For some time he has been searching for his wife, Ruth, who became separated from him when the Japanese attacked Manila. Aided by easygoing Marty Sackler, a U. S. Marine radio operator, Benson contacts guerrilla leader Julio Fontana, who agrees to round up Americans hiding in the hills in exchange for U. S. ammunition. Benson also discovers that his wife, thinking that he had been killed, has joined the guerrillas and is now Fontana's mistress. Eventually, Benson and Fontana manage to get a small group of civilians down to a beach where they are scheduled to be met by a submarine. The Japanese suddenly attack, and Marty tries to swim to his radio shack to call for help; but he is killed by a shark. Benson, however, slips away and rounds up a group of guerrilla fighters who defeat the enemy forces. As the submarine arrives to pick up the survivors, Ruth decides to leave Fontana and return to her ... +


During the Japanese invasion of the Philippines, American civilian Craig Benson works with guerrilla fighters on the islands, delivering supplies and evacuating stranded civilians. For some time he has been searching for his wife, Ruth, who became separated from him when the Japanese attacked Manila. Aided by easygoing Marty Sackler, a U. S. Marine radio operator, Benson contacts guerrilla leader Julio Fontana, who agrees to round up Americans hiding in the hills in exchange for U. S. ammunition. Benson also discovers that his wife, thinking that he had been killed, has joined the guerrillas and is now Fontana's mistress. Eventually, Benson and Fontana manage to get a small group of civilians down to a beach where they are scheduled to be met by a submarine. The Japanese suddenly attack, and Marty tries to swim to his radio shack to call for help; but he is killed by a shark. Benson, however, slips away and rounds up a group of guerrilla fighters who defeat the enemy forces. As the submarine arrives to pick up the survivors, Ruth decides to leave Fontana and return to her husband. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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