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They Were Expendable (1945)

Based on the real life heroics of Lieutenants John Bulkeley (Brickley) and Robert Kelly (Ryan), the movie accurately depicts the defense of the Philippines by American PT Boats from December 1941 through April 1942 for which Lieutenant (later Vice Admiral) Bulkeley was awarded the Medal of Honor and Lieutenant Kelly the Navy Cross.

Robert Montgomery ... Lt. John Brickley (as Robert Montgomery Comdr. U.S.N.R.)
John Wayne ... Lt. JG \'Rusty\' Ryan
Donna Reed ... Lt. Sandy Davyss
Jack Holt ... General Martin
Ward Bond ... \'Boats\' Mulcahey C.B.M.
Marshall Thompson ... Ens. \'Snake\' Gardner
Paul Langton ... Ens. \'Andy\' Andrews
Leon Ames ... Major James Morton
Arthur Walsh ... Seaman Jones
Donald Curtis ... Lt. JG \'Shorty\' Long
Cameron Mitchell ... Ens. George Cross
Jeff York ... Ens. Tony Aiken
Murray Alper ... \'Slug\' Mahan T.M. 1c
Harry Tenbrook ... \'Squarehead\' Larsen SC 2c
Jack Pennick ... \'Doc\'
Alex Havier ... \'Benny\' Lecoco ST 3c

Director: John Ford / Robert Montgomery (uncredited)

Runtime: 135 mins

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038160/

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Video : 581 MB, 604 Kbps, 29.970 fps, 416*320 (4:3), DIVX = OpenDivx v4,
Audio : 108 MB, 112 Kbps, 48000 Hz, 2 channels, 0x55 = MPEG Layer-3, VBR,

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They Were Expendable is John Ford\'s first Hollywood feature since his discharge from the U.S. Navy and the same can be said for Robert Montgomery. Both had served in the Navy and Montgomery in fact on P.T. Boats. From the last presidential election we now know them as Swift Boats.

It\'s an unusual John Ford film because the usual heavy comedic monkeyshines are rather subdued here. I\'m thinking that John Ford wisely decided that World War II being recently over, the country\'s mood was joyous, but somber in terms of the heavy human cost.

They Were Expendable has the benefit though of the American audience knowing the ultimate victory. The story begins in the Phillipines in 1941 with Robert Montgomery as real life naval hero John Bulkeley, renamed Brickley for the film, trying to convince the brass of the usefulness of the P.T. Boat in combat, not just for scouting and courier duty. Of course that experiment is cut short and the P.T. Boats and their crews are rushed into some on the job experience.

During the film MacArthur, you might recall Gregory Peck saying that he was going to be evacuated from Corregidor by \"one of Johnny Bulkeley\'s torpedo boats.\" That scene is dramatized as a wordless Robert Barrat plays MacArthur traveling on the boat commanded by John Wayne.

Wayne is Montgomery\'s second in command of the P.T. boat squadron who is not thrilled to be there. He\'d like to be on at least a destroyer. He gradually comes around though. He also gets a fling in the romance department with Navy nurse Donna Reed.

During that interlude John Ford had some of the crew outside singing Dear Old Girl in a comic vein. Ford was never one to not let a good bit of business die with one film. You might remember in Fort Apache and Rio Grande there was some serenading done. And Donna Reed got serenaded on her \"Hawaiian\" honeymoon with James Stewart in It\'s a Wonderful Life with Ward Bond once again being one of the serenaders. I\'m sure Frank Capra would have conceded he stole that from Ford.

The story is first and foremost about some very desperate American armed forces who after Pearl Harbor were at the Japanese mercy. Pearl Harbor had totalled our Pacific fleet and no supplies could get through. Still the troops there fought on bravely, they were in fact by geography expendable.

Wayne and Montgomery give good but subdued performances. No do or die heroics here, just a sobering reminder of a terrible beginning for the Americans in the Pacific theater of World War II.

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Wayne and Ford at their peak.

Somehow I missed this film until a few years ago on a cable movie channel. Growing up with WWII as the dominant theme of modern history and an appreciation of the older film stars, this film is without question the most realistic in terms of the message and of just passed events with superb performances in the old morality style of the 40\'s.

The old Navy, surviving in the Asiatic backwater where promotions could take years, bears the brunt of the onslaught of total war for America. A heroic tragedy of holding the line to bide time for the Nation to recover.

A story for all time, the greatest war movie of all time. No matter how large the budget and digital special effects, they will never capture the texture and feel of this film. The dying of the old Navy from Yangtze to Cavite with gutsy sailors like \"Boats\" living hard in the backwater paradise of the Pacific on $20 a month.

The tragedy of continuing defeat, overwhelming catastrophic events, the ill prepared Nation, the dying of the old Navy, all combine to make this film, made with event still fresh in the actors and film makers minds, a statement of that war and of the heroes which the audience knew first hand. It says, we knew these men and boys and they were as fine a heroes this country has ever produced and they will live larger than life for as long as this film exists.

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They Were Expendable is John Ford\'s first Hollywood feature since his discharge from the U.S. Navy and the same can be said for Robert Montgomery. Both had served in the Navy and Montgomery in fact on P.T. Boats. From the last presidential election we now know them as Swift Boats.

It\'s an unusual John Ford film because the usual heavy comedic monkeyshines are rather subdued here. I\'m thinking that John Ford wisely decided that World War II being recently over, the country\'s mood was joyous, but somber in terms of the heavy human cost.

They Were Expendable has the benefit though of the American audience knowing the ultimate victory. The story begins in the Phillipines in 1941 with Robert Montgomery as real life naval hero John Bulkeley, renamed Brickley for the film, trying to convince the brass of the usefulness of the P.T. Boat in combat, not just for scouting and courier duty. Of course that experiment is cut short and the P.T. Boats and their crews are rushed into some on the job experience.

During the film MacArthur, you might recall Gregory Peck saying that he was going to be evacuated from Corregidor by \"one of Johnny Bulkeley\'s torpedo boats.\" That scene is dramatized as a wordless Robert Barrat plays MacArthur traveling on the boat commanded by John Wayne.

Wayne is Montgomery\'s second in command of the P.T. boat squadron who is not thrilled to be there. He\'d like to be on at least a destroyer. He gradually comes around though. He also gets a fling in the romance department with Navy nurse Donna Reed.

During that interlude John Ford had some of the crew outside singing Dear Old Girl in a comic vein. Ford was never one to not let a good bit of business die with one film. You might remember in Fort Apache and Rio Grande there was some serenading done. And Donna Reed got serenaded on her \"Hawaiian\" honeymoon with James Stewart in It\'s a Wonderful Life with Ward Bond once again being one of the serenaders. I\'m sure Frank Capra would have conceded he stole that from Ford.

The story is first and foremost about some very desperate American armed forces who after Pearl Harbor were at the Japanese mercy. Pearl Harbor had totalled our Pacific fleet and no supplies could get through. Still the troops there fought on bravely, they were in fact by geography expendable.

Wayne and Montgomery give good but subdued performances. No do or die heroics here, just a sobering reminder of a terrible beginning for the Americans in the Pacific theater of World War II.

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* Robert Montgomery was a real-life PT skipper in World War 2. He helped direct some of the PT sequences for the film when John Ford was unavailable due to health reasons.

* Filmed in Miami, the closing shot with the lighthouse is the Cape Florida Lighthouse, in what is today the Cape Florida State Park. The lighthouse withstood and was the scene of an Seminole Indian attack in 1835.

* The movie was based on the real live exploits of John Bulkeley, a World War II Medal of Honor Recipient.

* This movie was based on the W. L. White\'s book, THEY WERE EXPENDABLE covering the exploits of Lieutenants John Bulkeley and Robert Kelly. Lieutenant Robert Kelly and U.S. Army Nurse \"Peggy Smith\", sued MGM, John Wayne and Donna Reed for their portrayal of them in the film. Although the film follows the book fairly closely, it does portray Lieutenant Kelly as impetuous and \"hell bound for glory.\" Nurse Smith is shown romantically involved with Lieutenant Kelly. Wayne, Reed and MGM settled out of court for a nominal sum (less than $5,000.00). This event prompted movies to start adding disclaimers such as \"All characters are fictional. Any resemblance to actual people is purely by coincidence and any of their actions in actual historical events is not accurate\".

* The real-life Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 3 in the Philippines at the beginning of World War II was equipped with six 77-foot Elco PT boats, all either lost in combat or destroyed to prevent capture. In the film, the Squadron 3 boats are represented by two 80-foot Elco and four 78-foot Huckins PT boats.

* \"Dad\" Knowlton, the shipwright who repairs the PT boats, has a poignant little scene in which he refuses to leave the place he\'s lived and worked for forty years, although the Japanese are advancing. Rusty Ryan, John Wayne\'s character, finally leaves Dad sitting alone on his porch with a rifle in his hands and a jug of moonshine between his knees, as \"Red River Valley\" plays in the background. How eerily reminiscent of \"The Grapes of Wrath,\" which is particularly appropriate because Dad is played by Russell Simpson, whom John Ford directed as Pa Joad in 1940.

* During the shooting of this movie, John Ford had put John Wayne down every chance he got, because Wayne had not enlisted to fight in World War II. Ford commanded a naval photographic unit during the war rising to the rank of captain and thought Wayne a coward for staying behind. After months of heaping insults on Wayne\'s head, costar Robert Montgomery finally approached the director and told him that if he was putting Wayne down for Montgomery\'s benefit (Montgomery had served in the war), that he needed to stop immediately. This brought the tough-as-nails director to tears and he stopped abusing Wayne.

* When the officers are gathered around the dining table, they stand for a toast, Rusty misses and the drink goes down the front of his shirt, then quickly cuts.

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