The New Pictures, Sep. 14, 1942

Wake Island (Paramount) is the first attempt to make a document of U.S. troops in action in World War II. As a straight Hollywood show, the result is better-than-average. As an effort to fill civilians with the image and meaning of a terrible and magnificent human event, it is as good, and as far short of good enough, as can be expected of producers who underrate their subject, their audience, their moment in history, and the tremendous powers of the medium they work with.

For the strictly military action, Scriptors W. R. Burnett and Frank...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!