Guadalcanal Diary is a 1943 action adventure movie about United States Marines who storm the South Pacific island during the early days of World War II. Although faced with many obstacles including sleep deprivation, lack of food and water, and terrible weather, the brave Marines trudge on. Led by tough Brooklyn Corporal Aloysius "Taxi" Potts (William Bendix), and Jesus Alvarez (Anthony Quinn), the group of young Marines go into a hard battle from which most will probably never return. Based on a book by World War II war correspondent Richard Tregaskis, the movie recounts events that took place during the first the battle of Guadalcanal. Notably released less than a year after the battle occurred and provides a true depiction of the horrors of war. The battle scenes, albeit 1940s era, are very effective without the use of buckets of blood and gore. The movie provides a genuine look into one of the most hellish battles during World War II.