Sunday Seconds with the Duke

They Were Expendable (1945)

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) released They Were Expendable to theaters on December 31, 1945. John Ford directs the film which stars Robert Montgomery, John Wayne, and Donna Reed.

They Were Expendable Movie Summary

They Were Expendable begins in the days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Lt. John “Brick” Brickley and his squadron of PT Boats gets sent to the Philippines to help protect against a Japanese invasion of the South Pacific, but the PT Boats are as welcome by the military elite as cockroaches at a 5-star restaurant. Lt., J.G. “Rusty” Ryan, a subordinate of Brick’s, becomes frustrated with his superiors who fail to recognize just how valuable the boats are in battle. After all, they do float like a flounder and sting like a ray, but for now they are relegated to messenger duty.

Brick and Rusty press for transfers to destroyer, but the brass above refuses, and eventually the PT Boats hear the sweet, sweet sounds of “Tora, Tora, Tora” from all around; leading to harrowing battles.

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