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They Were Expendable ()

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featuring Robert Montgomery, John Wayne, Donna Reed, Cameron Mitchell, Ward Bond

John Brickley (Robert Montgomery) believes in PT boats, and as a lowly U.S. Navy lieutenant stationed in the Philippines, that makes him a radical ... Show synopsis

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  • Victory In Defeat Oct 11, 2015
    by FanOfTimeLifeBooks

    The movie They Were Expendable (1945) is based on the book of the same title by W. L. White. The movie essentially follows the same sequence of events as the book. Though viewers do not have to read the book to understand the movie, viewers of the film will get more out of the movie if they read the book first. The story centers on motor torpedo boat operations in the Philippines in late 1941 and early 1942 as the American forces retreated from the advancing Japanese army and navy. Despite great odds, and, knowing that there was not much hope for the expendable army and navy, Americans fought on to the very end until overwhelmed by enemy forces. Both Robert Montgomery and John Wayne make great performances as the chief naval officers involved in the story. Titles on the soundtrack include Eternal Father, Strong to Save; Battle Hymn of the Republic; Battle Cry of Freedom; and Anchors Aweigh. Though the name Douglas MacArthur is not mentioned in the film, his brief presence in the movie is significant. One can easily detect the sense of patriotic resolve from the cast in this great World War II film.

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