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They Were Expendable (1945) was a War - Drama Film directed by John Ford and Robert Montgomery and produced by John Ford and Cliff Reid.

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1001 Classic Movies: They Were Expendable

By Amanda Garrett on Aug 22, 2016 From Old Hollywood Films

They Were Expendable (1945), starring John Wayne, Donna Reed, and Robert Montgomery, is one of the 1001 classic movies you should see. Each Monday, I'm going to recommend a classic movie you should see (for the reasons behind the 1001 series and reviews of earlier films covered go here). August's... Read full article


They Were Expendable (1945)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jul 27, 2015 From 4 Star Films

There’s nothing very intriguing about a film entitled They Were Expendable. In essence, we already know what the conclusion of the film is, however it is important to understand the context of ?when this John Ford World War II docudrama was coming out. In 1945 the Nazis and Japanese had finall... Read full article


They Were Expendable (1945)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jul 27, 2015 From 4 Star Films

There’s nothing very intriguing about a film entitled They Were Expendable. In essence, we already know what the conclusion of the film is, however it is important to understand the context of when this John Ford World War II docudrama was coming out. In 1945 the Nazis and Japanese had finally... Read full article


They Were Expendable (1945)

By Beatrice on Dec 30, 2014 From Flickers in Time

They Were Expendable Directed by John Ford Written by Frank Wead?from the book by William L. White Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer First viewing/Netflix rental This be the verse you ‘grave for me: / Here he lies where he long’d to be; / Home is the sailor, home from the sea, / And the hunter hom... Read full article


Veracity: They Were Expendable

By Duke Mantee on Nov 4, 2012 From Spoilers

They Were Expendable tells the story of a PT boat squadron, who feel left out of the war. PT boats are small and not long-range like carriers, and as such, were not used initially in important missions. This film centers on a squadron leader, Robert Montgomery, trying to prove the usefulness of his ... Read full article


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Lt. 'Rusty' Ryan: Listen sister, I don't dance!


Lt. 'Rusty' Ryan: [as they watch the inspectors drive away] Wonderful the way people believe in those high powered canoes of yours.
Lt. John Brickley: Don't you believe in them, Rusty?
Lt. 'Rusty' Ryan: And I let you sell me that stuff about a command of my own.
Lt. John Brickley: You're skipper of the 34 boat, aren't you?
Lt. 'Rusty' Ryan: I used to skipper a cake of soap in the bathtub, too.
[He walks off]


Lt. 'Rusty' Ryan: Listen Brick, for years I've been taking your fatherly advice, and it's never been any good. So from now on, I'm strictly a one man band!


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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.
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 film covers the World War II Battle of Bataan and the place Bataan which is a Central Luzon region province on Luzon island in the Philippines and occupies the whole of the Bataan Peninsula on the island.
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