- Status: Released
- Movie Tagline: A Tribute to Those Who Did So Much… With So Little!
- Genres: Drama, War
- Release Date: 1945-12-07
- Runtime: 135.0 min
- Budget: Not Available
- Revenue: Not Available
- Production Companies: Metro, Goldwyn, Mayer
Cast & Crew
Robert Montgomery, John Wayne, Donna Reed, Jack Holt, Ward Bond, Marshall Thompson, Paul Langton, Leon Ames, Arthur Walsh, Donald Curtis, Cameron Mitchell, Louis Jean Heydt, Jeff York, Murray Alper, Harry Tenbrook, Jack Pennick, Alex Havier, Charles Trowbridge, Robert Barrat, Bruce Kellogg, Tim Murdock, Russell Simpson, Vernon Steele, Robert Emmett O’Connor, Philip Ahn, Steve Barclay, Betty Blythe, Danny Borzage, Al Bridge, George Bruggeman, James Carlisle, Jack Carrington, Bruce Carruthers, Tony Carson, Jack Cheatham, Fred Coby, Roger Cole, Jane Crowley, Henry H. Daniels Jr.-William B. Davidson, Marjorie Davies, Larry Dods, William ‘Red’ Donahue, Blake Edwards, Frank Eldredge, John Epper, Jim Farley, Charles Ferguson, Lee Tung Foo, Art Foster, Almeda Fowler, Mary Jane French, Jon Gilbreath, James Gonzalez, Duke Green, Sherry Hall, Stuart Hall, Robert Homans, Michael Kirby, Michael Kostrick, Paul Kruger, Stubby Kruger, Jack Lee, Jack Lorenz, Leota Lorraine, Jack Luden, James Magill, George Magrill, Eve March, Kermit Maynard, Merrill McCormick, Frank McGrath, Leonard Mellin, Robert Milasch, Henry Mirelez, Jack Mower, Charles Murray Jr.-Forbes Murray, Bill Neff, Bill Nind, Wedgwood Nowell, Franklin Parker, Frank Pershing, Nino Pipitone Jr.-Dan Quigg, Joey Ray, William McKeever Riley, Jack Ross, John Roy, Harold Schlickenmayer, Phil Schumacher, Jack Semple, Sam Simone, Reginald Simpson, Leslie Sketchley, Ralph Soncuya, Larry Steers, Sammy Stein, Jack Stoney, Robert Strong, Bob Thom, Richard Thorne, Brad Towne, Jack Trent, Tom Tyler, Emmett Vogan, Eleanore Vogel, Hansel Warner, Billy Wilkerson, Maurice Marks
Synopsis – What to Expect from “They Were Expendable”
They Were Expendable is a 1945 war drama directed by John Ford and starring Robert Montgomery and John Wayne. The film follows the story of the PT-boat crews of the United States Navy during World War II.
The film begins in the Philippines in the early days of World War II. Lt. John Brickley (Robert Montgomery) and Lt. Rusty Ryan (John Wayne) are assigned to lead a squadron of PT boats in the defense of the Philippines. Despite their best efforts, the squadron is soon overwhelmed by the Japanese forces, and they are forced to retreat.
As the war progresses, Brickley and Ryan are assigned to various operations, including the defense of the Philippines, the evacuation of Allied forces from the Philippines, and the defense of the island of Corregidor. Despite their best efforts, the American forces are eventually forced to surrender.
After the surrender, Brickley and Ryan are sent to a Japanese prison camp. While in the camp, they witness the brutality of the Japanese guards and the suffering of their fellow prisoners. Eventually, they are released and sent back to the United States.
Once back in the United States, Brickley and Ryan are assigned to a new mission: to lead a squadron of PT boats in the Pacific theater. This time, their mission is to disrupt the Japanese supply lines and provide support for the Allied forces. Despite their best efforts, the squadron is eventually overwhelmed by the Japanese forces and they are forced to retreat
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