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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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Complete credited cast:
Corp. Barney Todd
Lee Bowman ...
Capt. Henry Lassiter
Leonard Purckett
Felix Ramirez
F.X. Matowski
Phillip Terry ...
Matthew Hardy
Roque Espiritu ...
Corp. Juan Katigbak
Kenneth Spencer ...
Wesley Eeps
Alex Havier ...
Yankee Salazar (as J. Alex Havier)
Tom Dugan ...
Sam Malloy
Donald Curtis ...


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 <>

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japan | bridge | u.s. army | bataan | attack | See more »


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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The NAACP gave M-G-M two awards for presenting an African American in an intelligent and sympathetic manner. Dore Schary deliberately did not tell writer Robert Hardy Andrews he was planning to cast an African American as one of the soldiers, in order to avoid any racial speeches in the script. See more »


Although the American soldier was clearly a great coconut tree climber, it is near to impossible to sit atop a coconut tree. Many Filipinos to this day fall when attempting this. See more »


St. Louis Blues
(1914) (uncredited)
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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