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They Were Expendable

They Were Expendable
Movie: They Were Expendable(1945)[tt0038160] In the wake of Pearl Harbor's surprise attack, World War II hero, Lt. John Brickley's experimental squadron of agile fast-attack Patrol Torpedo boats is sent to warm and humid Manila to avert a potentially imminent Japanese invasion. As he and his second-in-command, Lieutenant "Rusty" Ryan, desperately try to prove the newly-founded naval unit's worth, the enemy launches a devastating all-out attack--and despite the PT boat flotilla's undeniable success--the considerably outnumbered and outgunned American soldiers are fighting a losing battle. Little by little, the Philippine campaign is doomed to cave in, as comrades-in-arms perish in the sea. Is there glory in defeat? Written byNick Riganas
Title They Were Expendable
Release Date 31 December 1945 (USA)
Runtime
Genres Drama, War
Production Companies Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Robert Montgomery
Robert Montgomery...
Lt. John Brickley ...
John Wayne
John Wayne...
Lt. (J.G.) 'Rusty' Ryan...
Donna Reed
Donna Reed...
Lt. Sandy Davyss...
Jack Holt
Jack Holt...
General Martin...
Ward Bond
Ward Bond...
'Boats' Mulcahey C.B.M....
Marshall Thompson
Marshall Thompson...
Ens. 'Snake' Gardner...
Paul Langton
Paul Langton...
Ens. 'Andy' Andrews...
Leon Ames
Leon Ames...
Major James Morton...
Donald Curtis
Donald Curtis...
Lt. (J.G.) 'Shorty' Long ...
Cameron Mitchell
Cameron Mitchell...
Ens. George Cross...
Jeff York
Jeff York...
Ens. Tony Aiken...
Murray Alper
Murray Alper...
'Slug' Mahan T.M. 1c...
Harry Tenbrook
Harry Tenbrook...
'Squarehead' Larsen SC 2c...
Jack Pennick
Jack Pennick...
'Doc'...

Reviews

chisum on 31 January 2002
One reveiwer critices this film about lack of action he misses the point,all the characters are well developed which makes the ending so painfull. The acting is first rate every part is played with a great belief,,there are so many great scenes that touch the heart.The men are bonded together by their actions and when the bonds are broken through death or orders it hurts us all. Donna Reed is gorgeous to look at ,only a small role but well acted. At the end of the film you feel a lump in your throat and a tear forms in your eye,I love this movie.9/10

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