They were expendable
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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
World War, 1939-1945
Torpedo-boats -- Drama.
Fighter planes -- Drama.
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,
|Other Titles|| John Wayne/John Ford Film Collection
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.
August, Joseph H., 1890-1947.
Hull, Frank E., 1882-1968.
Turner Entertainment Co.
Warner Bros. Entertainment.
Warner Home Video (Firm)
Robert Montgomery, John Wayne, Donna Reed, Jack Holt, Ward Bond.
Director of photography, Joseph H. August ; editor, Frank E. Hull and Douglass Biggs ; music, Herbert Stothart ; Screen play by Frank Wead.
Not rated ; Canadian Home Video G rating.
In English with English and French and Spanish subtitles.
Videodisc release of a 1945 motion picture.
Includes theatrical trailer.
Based on the book by William L. White.
DVD, fullscreen, region 1, Dolby digital mono.
1 videodisc (135 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.