Grauman’s Chinese Theater premiere of “The (Fighting) Sullivans” (1944)

Grauman's Chinese Theater premiere of "The (Fighting) Sullivans" (1944)Looks like Twentieth Century-Fox rolled out the full star treatment for its premiere of “The Sullivans” at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in February 1944. It was later called “The Fighting Sullivans” and must have been a hard one to sit through while the war was still on. It’s a true story about how all five brothers lost their lives during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal. Decades later, their story served as part inspiration for Steven Spielberg “Saving Private Ryan.”

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One Response to Grauman’s Chinese Theater premiere of “The (Fighting) Sullivans” (1944)

  1. Gail Lofdahl says:

    The navy changed its policy of allowing brothers (no sisters–unless they were nurses–back in those days) to be assigned to the same ship after this incident. (They all were assigned to the USS Juneau, sunk by a Japanese submarine on 13 November 1942).

    The USS The Sullivans (DD-537), a Fletcher-class destroyer, was commissioned in 1943 and named in their honor–the only navy vessel to be named for more than one person. It was decommissioned in 1965 and is now located at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park in Buffalo, New York, where it is open for tours.