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The PT boat unit Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron Three defends the Philippines from Japanese invasion during World War II.
It is often supposed that John Wayne's salute to the late Harry Carey--his tableau at the end of "The Searchers" in which he holds his right elbow with his left hand as Carey did in some of his movies--was for the benefit of Carey's widow Olive Carey who watched off-camera. This would suggest that this was a one-time-only pose by Wayne in a film. However, it is preceded by this film, in which Wayne makes the same move at the back of a PT Boat.
'Slug' Mahan T.M. 1c:
Mr. Ryan, this has gone far enough! That 41 boat is always hoggin' the good jobs, sir.
Seaman Jones: We'll get all the soaking we need on our way up to hit the Japs, sir.
'Squarehead' Larsen SC 2c: What are we gonna do, sit around on our duffs till they get back, sir?
Ens. 'Snake' Gardner: 41 can't handle this ...
In one of the first battle action scenes of a torpedo being fired you can see a stray 50 cal. shell rolling across the starboard deck just to the left of the torpedo tube. Several minutes later in another battle on another PT boat you can see the same shell rolling across the deck in the same place, indicating they used the same sequence of footage twice.
Opening credits prologue: Manila Bay In the Year of Our Lord Nineteen hundred and Forty-one
MGM produced a different version, dubbed and with credits in Spanish, probably to be used by television stations. This version omits the final sequence (nearly more than 15 minutes of running time) and the film ends a previous scene with Robert Montgomery and John Wayne saying farewell to the soldiers that had to remain in the Phillipines, then the scene cuts to a plane leaving the island and to a "The End" title in Spanish. This version aired in Argentina in a cable station called "Space". Turner Network Televsion, in all Latin American countries, used to air the film in its original form. However, they lifted the Spanish language dubbing from the old version and, without any explanation why, the last minutes of the film play in English.
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