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They Were Expendable

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MPAA Rating: NR
Genre: War
Director: John Ford

After a demonstration of new PT boats, navy brass are still unconvinced of their viability in combat, leaving Lt. ``Rusty'' Ryan frustrated. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, however, Ryan and his buddy Lt. Brickley are told they can finally take their squadron into battle. The PT boats quickly prove their worth, successfully shooting down Japanese planes, relaying messages between islands, and picking off a multitude of enemy ships.

Cast :

  • Robert Montgomery
  • Lt. John Brickley
  • John Wayne
  • Lt. (j.g.) ``Rusty'' Ryan
  • Donna Reed
  • 2nd Lt. Sandy Davys
  • Jack Holt
  • Gen. Martin
  • Ward Bond
  • ``Boats'' Mulcahey
  • Marshall Thompson
  • Ens. ``'Snake'' Gardner
  • Paul Langton
  • Ens. ``Andy'' Andrews
  • Leon Ames
  • Maj. James Morton
  • Arthur Walsh
  • Seaman Jones
  • Donald Curtis
  • Lt. (j.g.) ``Shorty'' Long
  • Cameron Mitchell
  • Ens. George Cross
  • Jeff York
  • Ens. Tony Aiken
  • Murray Alper
  • ``Slug'' Mahan
  • Harry Tenbrook
  • ``Squarehead'' Larsen
  • Jack Pennick
  • ``Doc''
  • J. Alex Havier
  • ``Benny'' Lecoco
  • Charles Trowbridge
  • Admiral Blackwell
  • Bruce Kellogg
  • Elder Tompkins
  • Louis Jean Heydt
  • ``Ohio''
  • Robert Barrat
  • The General
  • Russell Simpson
  • ``Dad'' Knowland
Producers :
John Ford
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