• They Were Expendable (1945)

They Were Expendable

Release Date: December 20th, 1945

DVD Release Date: May 18th, 1999

Not Yet Rated |2 hr 15 min

Plot Summary

After a demonstration of new PT boats, navy brass are still unconvinced of their viability in combat, leaving Lt. "Rusty" Ryan (John Wayne) frustrated. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, however, Ryan and his buddy Lt. Brickley (Robert Montgomery) are told they can finally take their squadron into battle. The PT boats quickly prove their worth, successfully shooting down Japanese planes, relaying messages between islands, and picking off a multitude of enemy ships.

Cast: Robert Montgomery, John Wayne, Donna Reed, Jack Holt, Ward Bond, Marshall Thompson, Paul Langton, Leon Ames

Director: John Ford , Robert Montgomery

Genres: War

Production Co: Metro Goldwyn Mayer

Distributors: MGM Home Entertainment

Keywords: Spirited, 1940s, Gripping, Revenge, Rousing, Underdog, Rescue


Nominated Sound Recording
Nominated Special Effects