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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 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!


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 sister, I don't dance!


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When the officers are gathered around the dining table, they stand for a toast, Rusty misses and the drink goes down the front of his shirt, then quickly cuts.
The movie was based on the real live exploits of John Bulkeley, a World War II Medal of Honor Recipient.
This movie was based on William L. White's book "They Were Expendable", which covered the exploits of Lieutenants John Bulkeley and Robert Kelly. Lt. Robert Kelly and U.S. Army Nurse "Peggy Smith" sued MGM, John Wayne and Donna Reed for their portrayal of them in the film. Although the film follows the book fairly closely, it does portray Lt. Kelly as impetuous and "hell bound for glory." Nurse Smith is shown romantically involved with Lt. Kelly. Wayne, Reed and MGM settled out of court for a nominal sum (less than $5,000.00).
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