They Were Expendable

TitleThey Were Expendable
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1945
AuthorsFord, John
Running Time135 min
Date Released12/1945
CountryUnited States
Publication Languageeng

A fictionalized account of the Battle of the Philippines in World War II, They Were Expendable examines courage, sacrifice, and loneliness among a PT Boat squadron. The men prove the value of the small boats in defending Manila from larger Japanese ships. Director John Ford forgoes blanket calls of patriotism and infuses this film with realism and authenticity based on his and the actors' experiences in the war.


Robert Montgomery

John Wayne

Donna Reed

Ward Bond

Cameron Mitchell

Jack Holt

Marshall Thompson


Directed and Produced by John Ford

Screenplay by Frank Wead and Jan Lustig (uncredited)

Music by Herbert Stothart

Cinematography by Joseph H. August

Edited by Douglass Biggs and Frank E. Hull


Drama, War

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