They were expendable

Language and/or Subtitles: English
Format: DVD 2006
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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 thinker. "Your boats maneuver beautifully," an admiral (Charles Trowbridge) tells him, "but if I'm going into combat, I prefer something a little more substantial." The gently delivered but stinging dismissal stirs the resentment of Lt. "Rusty" Ryan (John Wayne), who tartly tells Brickley that he wants to be transferred to destroyers. The Pearl Harbor bombing makes transfer impossible, especially with the Japanese preparing to invade the islands. So Brickley and Ryan go to work, first as message carriers between the Philippines and Corregidor, then, finally, as ship hunters. They record some successes, but it's a doomed effort: The Americans are hopelessly outnumbered by the Japanese, and with almost all of the Pacific Fleet destroyed at Pearl Harbor, they know help won't arrive to save them. As the Japanese push the U.S. forces back, Brickley and Ryan and their crews hop from island to island, scrounging supplies and taking casualties but keeping up the fight. Just as it appears that they will be forced to fight on Corregidor against the Japanese, they get rescued; they're ordered home to promote their PT-boat successes, and they take the last plane out, hoping to return and avenge their defeats. ~ Nick Sambides, Jr., Rovi
Additional Information
Subjects World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Philippines -- Drama.
Torpedo-boats -- Drama.
Fighter planes -- Drama.
Feature films.
War films.
Philippines -- Drama.
Guadalcanal (Solomon Islands) -- Drama.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Publisher [United States] : Burbank, CA :Turner Entertainment Co. ;2006
Warner Bros. Entertainment :
Distributed by Warner Home Video,
Edition Standard version.
Other Titles John Wayne/John Ford Film Collection
Contributors Ford, John, 1894-1973.
Wead, Frank W. (Frank Wilber), 1895-1947.
White, William Lindsay, 1900-1973.
Wayne, John, 1907-1979.
Montgomery, Robert, 1904-1981.
Reed, Donna, 1921-1986.
Holt, Jack, 1888-1951.
Bond, Ward, 1903-1960.
Stothart, Herbert.
August, Joseph H., 1890-1947.
Hull, Frank E., 1882-1968.
Biggs, Douglas.
Turner Entertainment Co.
Warner Bros. Entertainment.
Warner Home Video (Firm)
Participants/Performers Robert Montgomery, John Wayne, Donna Reed, Jack Holt, Ward Bond.
Other Contributors Director of photography, Joseph H. August ; editor, Frank E. Hull and Douglass Biggs ; music, Herbert Stothart ; Screen play by Frank Wead.
Audience Not rated ; Canadian Home Video G rating.
Language English
In English with English and French and Spanish subtitles.
Notes Videodisc release of a 1945 motion picture.
Includes theatrical trailer.
Based on the book by William L. White.
System Details DVD, fullscreen, region 1, Dolby digital mono.
Description 1 videodisc (135 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 1419828908
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