They Were Expendable Review
By Christopher Null
One of the worst war movies ever made, They Were Expendable tells the oh-so-serious tale of PT boats during WWII. Set in 1941 (and released in 1945, when the war was still going on!), we are treated to John Wayne's perfunctory performance as he ties up boats and unties them, then gets in a bunch of battles before having to tie up some more boats. Interminably long, the film is nearly unwatchable and offers nothing new in the way of war (or anti-war) commentary. Sure, the lowly PT boatmen weren't expendable, but their movie is.
Often described as one of the greatest WWII movies ever made. I suspect it's by people who have never had to sit through the actual film.
Facts and Figures
In Theaters: Thursday 20th December 1945
Distributed by: MGM Home Entertainment
Production compaines: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Rotten Tomatoes: 88%
Fresh: 7 Rotten: 1
Cast & Crew
Starring: Robert Montgomery as Lt. John Brickley, John Wayne as Lt. (J.G.) 'Rusty' Ryan, Donna Reed as Lt. Sandy Davyss, Jack Holt as General Martin, Ward Bond as "Boats" Mulcahey, Chief Boatswain's Mate, Leon Ames as Major James Morton, Arthur Walsh as Seaman Jones, Marshall Thompson as Ens. 'Snake' Gardner, Paul Langton as Ens. 'Andy' Andrews, Cameron Mitchell as Ens. George Cross, Donald Curtis as Lt. (J.G.) 'Shorty' Long, Louis Jean Heydt as 'Ohio'