Behind the Scenes: They Were Expendable (1945)

They Were Expendable (clapper)

On the set of John Ford’s 1945 war film They Were Expendable. Released just over three months after the end of World War II, the film details the exploits of American PT boats as they battle Japanese forces in the Philippine Islands (the film was actually shot on location in the Florida Keys). One of my favorite Ford movies, and not just because Ward Bond’s character of “Boats” Mulcahey shares my last name.

1 Comment

  1. Colin

    First rate war movie and one of Ford’s best pictures. I always feel a little sad though when I think of the director’s behavior towards Wayne on the set. Such a fine filmmaker yet that “malice” which Cagney spoke of could creep out from time to time.

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