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Bataan (1943)

Passed  -  War  -  24 April 1944 (Sweden)
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Japan has just invaded the Phillipines and the US Army attempts a desperate defence. Thirteen men are chosen to blow up a bridge on the Bataan peninsula and keep the Japanese from ... See full summary »

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Leonard Purckett
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Matthew Hardy
Roque Espiritu ...
Corp. Juan Katigbak
Kenneth Spencer ...
Wesley Eeps
Alex Havier ...
Yankee Salazar (as J. Alex Havier)
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Sam Malloy
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Japan has just invaded the Phillipines and the US Army attempts a desperate defence. Thirteen men are chosen to blow up a bridge on the Bataan peninsula and keep the Japanese from rebuilding it. Written by <khunt@eng.morgan.edu>

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24 April 1944 (Sweden)  »

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A Patrulha de Bataan  »

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The character name Corporal Juan Katigbak (played by Roque Espiritu) was changed from its original name of Corporal Jesus Katigbay. See more »

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The position of Dane, Feingold and Matkowski changes when they first report to Lassiter. See more »

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Soundtracks

St. Louis Blues
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Music and Lyrics by W.C. Handy
Sung a cappella and hummed often by Kenneth Spencer
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Classical warfare movie with excellent Rober Taylor and is well set in South Pacific
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The film talks about the Pacific battle,during WWII ,concerning on defenders of Bataan but Japan has just invaded .A small soldiers group(Thomas Mitchell,LLoyd Nolan,Desi Arnaz,among others) flee from Japanese repeatedly attack and they head for explosion a bridge on the Bataan location and final destination Corregidor.The captain(Lee Bowman) dies and the top-sergeant(Robert Taylor)takes command along with an Airbone lieutenant(George Murphy).The military unit surrounded by Japanese in a foggy set,lush jungle and progressively dwindling group.The defenders gave a days for posterior victories and future US conquest like Midway,Island Salomon and Bismark.

This classic warlike movie is starred by Robert Taylor in one of his best roles as a tough sergeant,he's accompanied by a plethora of first-rate secondaries.This exciting actioner warfare completed with slice of military stereotypes although some characters are very one-dimensional.The original plot belongs to ¨Lost patrol(1934)¨(John Ford),argument has been pretty imitated and remade many times but it's still magnificent entertainment.The film is set into a lush,abundant jungle with a dense fog made by usual Metro Goldwin Mayer production designer,Cedric Gibbos and atmospheric musical score by Bronislau Kaper.The motion picture is professionally directed by Tay Garnett,a good Hollywood craftsman.

The actual deeds about Bataan concern an unsuccessful attempt by US and Filipino troops under General Douglas MacArthur to defend the peninsular against the Japanese 1 Jan-9 April 1942.Following the surrender of Bataan,MacArthur was evacuated,but Allies captives were force-marched 95 km/60 mi to the nearest railhead in the Bataan Death March,ill-treatment by the Japanese guards during the march killed about 16.000 US and Filipino troops.


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