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Director Edward Ludwig (Wake of the Red Witch) and his star John Wayne (Big Jim McLain) teamed up for the first time in this sprawling, action-packed saga with Wayne as the head of a construction company working at building military sites for the Navy during World War II. After suffering the loss of many men after a Japanese attack, Wayne heads to Washington and helps establish the "C.B.s" (Construction Battalions), units of armed builders. The Fighting Seabees offers an entertaining combination of strong supporting performances by Dennis O'Keefe (T-Men), William Frawley (TV's I Love Lucy and My Three Sons) and ravishing soon-to-be-superstar Susan Hayward (I want to Live!) with exciting big budget action sequences that turned this war and romance saga into a box office bonanza.