They Were Expendable

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.
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Language: English Genres: War Theme: Revenge, Rescue, Underdog Time Period: 1940s

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"PT boat captains (Robert Montgomery, John Wayne) fight Japanese in Philippines." Wed, April 23 2014 at 8:00PM EDT on TCM

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