πŸŽ₯ They Were Expendable – 1945

The Story …

In December 1941, Lt. John “Brick” Brickley (Robert Montgomery) commands a squadron of agile but small and unproven U.S. Navy PT boats based at Cavite in the Philippines.

He puts on a demonstration of their manoeuvrability and seakeeping capabilities for the senior area commander, Admiral Blackwell (Charles Trowbridge), who remains unimpressed by their diminutive size and lightweight construction. Lt. J.G. “Rusty” Ryan (John Wayne), Brick’s executive officer and friend, is hot on getting into combat.

He becomes disgusted at the admiral’s close-minded dismissal and is writing his request for transfer to destroyer duty when news of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor arrives by radio bulletin …

Japanese forces descend by on the Philippines and wreak havoc. Bypassed by local brass, Brick’s squadron is kept out of combat and marginalized to menial mail and messenger duty.

Frustration, particularly with Rusty, grows and threatens to boil over.

Following a devastating attack on their base, the desperate admiral relents and orders them to attack a large Japanese cruiser shelling U.S. troop emplacements ashore. After initially choosing Rusty to skipper the second boat on the sortie, Brick discovers that his exec has blood poisoning from a previous combat wound and orders him to sick bay, selecting another boat and crew to take his place.

After accusing his CO of glory hogging, and resisting evacuation to a military hospital on Corregidor, Rusty arrives there still hissing and spitting, only to reluctantly admit to the severity of his life-threatening condition.

There he meets another patient, “Ohio” (Louis Jean Heydt), who chides him to cool off and get in line.

Once he does, Rusty begins a romance with strong-willed Army nurse Sandy Davyss (Donna Reed), so attractive, kind, and wholesomely appealing Ohio cracks, “Eleven-thousand men can’t be wrong” about her.

Brick’s attack sinks the cruiser. Rusty returns and the squadron is unleashed, achieving increasing success, though at the cost both of boats and men. Still, it is only a matter of time before the Philippines fall. Sandy attends a dinner in her honour at the PT Base, reigniting the flame between her and Rusty.

The story unfolds …

Credits :

  • Directed by : John Ford
  • Screenplay by : Frank Wead and Jan Lustig
  • Based on : They Were Expendable 1942 book by William Lindsay White
  • Produced by : John Ford
  • Cinematography : Joseph H. August
  • Edited by : Douglass Biggs and Frank E. Hull
  • Music by : Herbert Stothart
  • Production Company : Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
  • Distributed by : Loew’s Inc
  • Release Date : December 19, 1945

Cast :

  • Robert Montgomery as Lieutenant John Brickley (as Robert Montgomery Comdr. U.S.N.R.)
  • John Wayne as Lieutenant (junior grade) “Rusty” Ryan
  • Donna Reed as 2nd Lieutenant Sandy Davyss
  • Jack Holt as General Martin
  • Ward Bond as BMC “Boats” Mulcahey
  • Marshall Thompson as Ensign “Snake” Gardner
  • Paul Langton as Ensign “Andy” Andrews
  • Leon Ames as Major James Morton
  • Arthur Walsh as Seaman Jones
  • Donald Curtis as Lieutenant (J.G.) “Shorty” Long/Radio Announcer
  • Cameron Mitchell as Ensign George Cross
  • Jeff York as Ensign Tony Aiken
  • Murray Alper as TM1c “Slug” Mahan
  • Harry Tenbrook as SC2c “Squarehead” Larsen
  • Jack Pennick as “Doc”
  • Alex Havier as ST3c “Benny” Lecoco
  • Charles Trowbridge as Admiral Blackwell
  • Robert Barrat as The General
  • Bruce Kellogg as Elder Tompkins
  • Tim Murdock as Ensign Brant
  • Louis Jean Heydt as “Ohio”
  • Russell Simpson as “Dad” Knowland
  • Vernon Steele as Army Doctor

Film Information Source :

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/They_Were_Expendable

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