They Were Expendable

76
Supplies are dwindling. Troops are hopelessly outnumbered. But even in defeat there is victory. The defenders of the Philippines—including PT-boat skippers John Brickley (Robert Montgomery) and Rusty Ryan (John Wayne)—will give the U.S. read more
Available to stream, rent, or purchase on:

Supplies are dwindling. Troops are hopelessly outnumbered. But even in defeat there is victory. The defenders of the Philippines—including PT-boat skippers John Brickley (Robert Montgomery) and Rusty Ryan (John Wayne)—will give the U.S. war effort time to regroup after the devastation of Pearl Harbor. Director John Ford's World War II tale knows its battle-scarred topic firsthand. Montgomery was himself a Pacific PT-boat commander and a valorous Bronze Star recipient. Ford filmed the Academy Award-winning* documentary Battle of Midway. And Wayne creates a portrait of patriotic resolve as only he can. They Were Expendable salutes all who expended themselves during some of the war's bleakest hours.

Original Release

12/31/1945

Links

Cast

Donna Reed Lt. Sandy Davyss
Jack Holt General Martin
John Wayne Lt. (J.G.) 'Rusty' Ryan
Louis Jean Heydt 'Ohio'
Robert Montgomery Lt. John Brickley (as Robert Montgomery Comdr. U.S.N.R.)
Ward Bond 'Boats' Mulcahey C.B.M.
Leon Ames Major James Morton
Arthur Walsh Seaman Jones
Marshall Thompson Ens. 'Snake' Gardner
Paul Langton Ens. 'Andy' Andrews
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

John Ford, Robert Montgomery

Writers

Frank Wead, William Lindsay White, Norman Corwin, George Froeschel, Jan Lustig

Cast

Donna Reed Lt. Sandy Davyss
Jack Holt General Martin
John Wayne Lt. (J.G.) 'Rusty' Ryan
Louis Jean Heydt 'Ohio'
Robert Montgomery Lt. John Brickley (as Robert Montgomery Comdr. U.S.N.R.)
Ward Bond 'Boats' Mulcahey C.B.M.
Leon Ames Major James Morton
Arthur Walsh Seaman Jones
Marshall Thompson Ens. 'Snake' Gardner
Paul Langton Ens. 'Andy' Andrews
Cameron Mitchell Ens. George Cross
Donald Curtis Radio Announcer
Robert Barrat The General
Russell Simpson 'Dad' Knowland
Jack Pennick 'Doc'
Charles Trowbridge Admiral Blackwell
Harry Tenbrook 'Squarehead' Larsen SC 2c
Jeff York Ens. Tony Aiken
Murray Alper 'Slug' Mahan T.M. 1c
Alex Havier 'Benny' Lecoco ST 3c

Producers

John Ford Producer
Cliff Reid Producer

Editors

Douglass Biggs, Frank E. Hull

1946 Oscar Best Sound, Recording Nominated
1946 Oscar Best Effects, Special Effects Nominated
  • 1
1 - 2 of 2 items
Ouch! Looks like something broke. Try reloading this page. 🗙