Approved | | Drama, War
The PT boat unit Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron Three defends the Philippines from Japanese invasion during World War II.
Screenwriter Frank Wead was kept close at hand for any required rewrites, as John Ford would delight in changing scenes or taking advantage of breaks. One day a fire broke out on nearby Key Biscayne, so Ford sent a second unit there to film it for the attack on Manila... ...
Lt. 'Rusty' Ryan:
Are you kidding, Brick?
Lt. John Brickley: Theirs not to reason why. Theirs but to do...
Lt. 'Rusty' Ryan: And die... but I don't want to be bored to death running messages!
Lt. John Brickley: I'll see that you get the more intriguing ones.
Near the end of the film at the airfield their speech echoes indicating that they are in a studio and not out in the open.
Opening credits prologue: Manila Bay In the Year of Our Lord Nineteen hundred and Forty-one
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