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They Were Expendable (1945)

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135 min | Drama, War

The PT boat unit Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron Three defends the Philippines from Japanese invasion during World War II.
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Director
John Ford (as John Ford Captain U.S.N.R.)
Writers
William L. White (book) | Frank Wead (screenplay) (as Frank Wead Comdr. U.S.N. {Ret})
Producer
Composer
Herbert Stothart (musical score)
Cinematographer
Joseph H. August (as Joseph H. August Lt. Comdr. U.S.N.R.)
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Updated Dec 7, 1945

Release date
Dec 31, 1945 (United States)

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Robert Montgomery
Lt. John Brickley (as Robert Montgomery Comdr. U.S.N.R.) Lt. John Brickley (as Robert Montgomery Comdr. U.S.N.R.)   See fewer
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John Wayne
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Donna Reed
Lt. Sandy Davyss Lt. Sandy Davyss   See fewer
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Jack Holt
General Martin General Martin   See fewer
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Ward Bond
'Boats' Mulcahey C.B.M. 'Boats' Mulcahey C.B.M.   See fewer
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Marshall Thompson
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Paul Langton
Ens. 'Andy' Andrews Ens. 'Andy' Andrews   See fewer
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Leon Ames
Major James Morton Major James Morton   See fewer
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Arthur Walsh
Seaman Jones Seaman Jones   See fewer
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Donald Curtis
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Cameron Mitchell
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Jeff York
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Murray Alper
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Harry Tenbrook
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Alex Havier
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Charles Trowbridge
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Russell Simpson
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7.3 / 10 | 6,668 votes