They Were Expendable

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Shortly after Pearl Harbor, a squadron of PT-boat crews in the Philippines must battle the Navy brass between skirmishes with the Japanese. The title says it all about the Navy's attitude towards the PT-boats and their crews.

  1. Frank Wead


  2. John Ford


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  1. Robert Montgomery

    Robert Montgomery

    Lt. John Brickley

  2. John Wayne

    John Wayne

    Lt. (J.G.) 'Rusty' Ryan

  3. Donna Reed

    Donna Reed

    Lt. Sandy Davyss

  4. Jack Holt

    Jack Holt

    General Martin

  5. Ward Bond

    Ward Bond

    "Boats" Mulcahey, Chief Boatswain's Mate

  6. Leon Ames

    Leon Ames

    Major James Morton

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 15m

Budget -

Revenue -

Homepage -

Release Information

  • December 20, 1945



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