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They Were Expendable (1945)

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Based on a true World War II story, They Were Expendable follows two American PT boats fighting a battle against a fleet of Japanese ships in the Philippines. They Were Expendable is also shown in a computer-colorized version.
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    MGM Home Entertainment

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Cast

Robert Montgomery
as Lt. John Brickley
John Wayne
as Lt. (J.G.) 'Rusty' Ryan
Donna Reed
as Lt. Sandy Davyss
Ward Bond
as 'Boats' Mulcahey C.B.M.
Jack Holt
as Gen. Martin
Marshall Thompson
as Ens. Snake Gardner
Paul Langton
as Ens. Andy Andrews
Leon Ames
as Maj. James Morton
Arthur J. Walsh
as Seaman Jones
Donald Curtis
as Lt. J.G. `Shorty' Long
Cameron Mitchell
as Ens. George Cross
Jeff York
as Ens. `Lefty' Tony Aiken
Murray Alper
as `Slug' Mahan
Harry Tenbrook
as `Cookie' Squarehead Larsen
Alex Havier
as Benny Lacoco, Steward
J. Alex Havier
as Benny Lacoco, Steward
Charles Trowbridge
as Adm. Blackwell
Bruce Kellogg
as Lt. Elder Tompkins
Tim Murdock
as Ens. Brown
Louis Jean Heydt
as Capt. Ohio Carter
Robert H. Barrat
as Gen. Douglas MacArthur
Russell Simpson
as Dad Knowland
Vernon Steele
as Army Doctor at Corregidor
Trina Lowe
as Gardner's Girl Friend
Robert Shelby Randall
as Boat Crew Member
Art Foster
as Boat Crew Member
Al Bridge
as Lt. Colonel
Larry Dods
as Boat Crew Member
Jack Stoney
as Boat Crew Member
Duke Green
as Boat Crew Member
Harold Kruger
as Boat Crew Member
Phil Schumacher
as Boat Crew Member
Frank Pershing
as Boat Crew Member
Joey Ray
as Boat Crew Member
Dan Borzage
as Boat Crew Member
William Neff
as Boat Crew Member
Del Hill
as Boat Crew Member
Bill Barnum
as Boat Crew Member
William Lundigan
as Boat Crew Member
Michael Kirby
as Boat Crew Member
William McKeever Riley
as Boat Crew Member
Ernest Sefton
as Navy Officer
Stephen Barclay
as Navy Officer
Franklin Parker
as Navy Officer
Robert Emmett O'Connor
as Bartender at Silver Dollar
Leslie Sketchley
as Marine Orderly
Philip Ahn
as Army Orderly
Pacita Tod-Tod
as Filipino Girl Singer
Robert E. Homans
as Bartender at Manila Hotel
William B. Davidson
as Hotel manager
Jack Cheatham
as Commander
Forbes Murray
as Navy Captain
Emmett Vogan
as Navy Doctor
Nino Pipitone
as Bartender's Children
Sherry Hall
as Marine Major
Alan Bridge
as Lt. Colonel
Jack Luden
as Naval Air Captain
Jon Gilbreath
as Sub Commander
Eve March
as Nurse
Karl Lewis Miller
as Personnel in Admiral's Office
Leonard Stanford
as Personnel in Admiral's Office
George Bruggeman
as Personnel in Admiral's Office
Reginald Simpson
as Personnel in Admiral's Office
James Carlisle
as Personnel in Admiral's Office
Dutch Schlickenmeyer
as Personnel in Admiral's Office
Tony Carson
as Personnel in Admiral's Office
Jack Lorenz
as Personnel in Admiral's Office
Brad Towne
as Personnel in Admiral's Office
Charles Calhoun
as Personnel in Admiral's Office
Leonard Mellin
as Personnel in Admiral's Office
Frank Donahue
as Personnel in Admiral's Office
Dan Quigg
as Personnel in Admiral's Office
Clifford Rathjen
as Personnel in Admiral's Office
Dick Karl
as Personnel in Admiral's Office
Jack Lee
as Personnel in Admiral's Office
Wedgewood Nowell
as Personnel in Admiral's Office
Jane Crowley
as Officers' Wife
Dick Thorne
as Personnel in Admiral's Office
Leonard Fisher
as Personnel in Admiral's Office
John Roy
as Personnel in Admiral's Office
Michael Kostrick
as Personnel in Admiral's Office
James Magill
as Personnel in Admiral's Office
George Magrill
as Personnel in Admiral's Office
Betty Blythe
as Officer's Wife
Sam Simone
as Personnel in Admiral's Office
Paul Kruger
as Personnel in Admiral's Office
Bruce Carruthers
as Personnel in Admiral's Office
Jack Semple
as Personnel in Admiral's Office
Roy Thomas
as Personnel in Admiral's Office
Robert Thom
as Personnel in Admiral's Office
Larry Steers
as Personnel in Admiral's Office
Gary Delmar
as Personnel in Admiral's Office
Charlie Murray Jr.
as Jeep Driver
Margaret Morton
as Bartender's Wife
George Economides
as Bartender's Child
Robert E. O'Connor
as Bartender at Silver Dollar
Stubby Kruger
as Boat crewman
Michael Economides
as Bartender's Child
Roque Ybarra
as Bartender's Child
Nino Pipitone Jr.
as Bartender's Child
Ralph Soncuya
as Filipino Orderly
Vincent Isla
as Filipino Schoolteacher
Max Ong
as Mayor of Cebu
Ernest Dominguez
as Filipino Boy
Henry Mirelez
as Filipino Boy
Lee Tung Foo
as Bartender
Tom Tyler
as Captain of Airport
Billy Wilkerson
as Sgt. Smith
John Carlyle
as Lt. James
Mary Jane French
as Lost Nurse
Roger Cole
as Officers at Airport
Brent Shugar
as Officers at Airport
Kermit Maynard
as Officers at Airport
Bill Donahue
as Officers at Airport
Frank Eldredge
as Officers at Airport
Jack Carrington
as Officers at Airport
Hansel Warner
as Officers at Airport
Charles Ferguson
as Officers at Airport
John Trent
as Officers at Airport
Robert Strong
as Officers at Airport
John Epper
as Officers at Airport
Bill Nind
as Officers at Airport
Donald S. Lewis
as Officers at Airport
Merrill McCormack
as Wounded Officer at Airport
Jack Mower
as Officer
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Critic Reviews for They Were Expendable

All Critics (9)

The film moves along curiously and cautiously, prideful of the crews of the PT boats but also aware that each victory was achieved at a great cost and that sacrifices would have to continue to be made as the war trudged along.

Full Review… | June 18, 2016
Creative Loafing

The real star of the film is the gorgeous, luminous, mostly outdoor black-and-white cinematography.

Full Review… | September 18, 2008
Combustible Celluloid

The most unfortunate thing about John Ford's excellent, elegiac war film, with a strong turn from John Wayne, was its release date, December 1945, since the war was over.

Full Review… | January 8, 2007
EmanuelLevy.Com

Surprisingly rich film is one of the best war films ever made.

Full Review… | October 9, 2005
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Audience Reviews for They Were Expendable

½

Really not that exciting.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

½

Entertaining film about PT boats and how they were used in the first months of WWII. John Ford made this film during the last days of the war and he added every detail of realism he could. The action scenes are great and really intense. There is hardly any rear projection and shot with real backgrounds, explosions, and alot of intensity. For some reason most of the night scenes are shot real dark. The night raids are shot day for night, but the scenes between actors is just plain dark. It works, but it is still strange. It's also strange that John Wayne is second banana in this film, but he excels in the role. There is a small romance between Wayne and the beautiful Donna Reed that works really well and doesn't get in the way of the story.

cody franklin
cody franklin

Super Reviewer

Another Wayne classis if you like that sort of stuff.....and I do.

Barry Lappin
Barry Lappin

Super Reviewer

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