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Release Date:
15 April 1944 (Mexico) See more »
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In 1942, in the Bataan peninsula of the Philippines, a ragtag American unit commanded by Sergeant Bill Dane attempts to blow-up a bridge in order to slow the Japanese advance. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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A big office film of its time, despite its studio jungles... See more (41 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Taylor ... Sgt. Bill Dane

George Murphy ... Lt. Steve Bentley

Thomas Mitchell ... Cpl. Jake Feingold

Lloyd Nolan ... Cpl. Barney Todd

Lee Bowman ... Capt. Henry Lassiter

Robert Walker ... Leonard Purckett

Desi Arnaz ... Felix Ramirez

Barry Nelson ... F.X. Matowski

Phillip Terry ... Matthew Hardy
Roque Espiritu ... Cpl. Juan Katigbak
Kenneth Spencer ... Wesley Eeps
Alex Havier ... Yankee Salazar (as J. Alex Havier)

Tom Dugan ... Sam Malloy

Donald Curtis ... Lieutenant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernie Alexander ... Wounded Soldier (uncredited)
Luke Chan ... Japanese Soldier (uncredited)
Wing Foo ... Japanese Soldier (uncredited)

Bud Geary ... Infantry Soldier (uncredited)
Mary McLeod ... Elsie McAlister - Nurse (uncredited)
Phil Schumacher ... Machine Gunner (uncredited)
Leigh Sterling ... Man (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Beal Wong ... Japanese Soldier (uncredited)
Bruce Wong ... Japanese Soldier (uncredited)
Tom Yuen ... Filipino (uncredited)

Directed by
Tay Garnett 
Writing credits
Robert Hardy Andrews (original screenplay) (as Robert D. Andrews)

Garrett Fort  uncredited
Dudley Nichols  uncredited

Produced by
Irving Starr .... producer
Dore Schary .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Bronislau Kaper (musical score)
Daniele Amfitheatrof (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Sidney Wagner (director of photography)
Film Editing by
George White 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup creator
Production Management
Arch Smith .... unit manager (uncredited)
Art Department
Glen Barner .... associate set decorator
Lyle R. Wheeler .... associate art director (as Lyle Wheeler)
Frank Wesselhoff .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Special Effects by
A. Arnold Gillespie .... special effects (as Arnold Gillespie)
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Max Fabian .... special photographic effects (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
George Bourne .... camera operator (uncredited)
Harry Downard .... camera operator (uncredited)
Music Department
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Nat W. Finston .... conductor (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Eric Zeisl .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
L.S. Chappelear .... technical advisor (as Captain L.S. Chappelear)
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114 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Argentina:16 | Australia:G | Canada:14A (video rating) | Finland:K-16 (1964) | Finland:S (1945) | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | USA:Approved (MPPDA rating: certificate #9122) | USA:Passed (The National Board of Review) | West Germany:16
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Did You Know?

This is one of a handful of feature films that have featured the story of the World War II Battle of Bataan. They include So Proudly We Hail! (1943); They Were Expendable (1945) and Back to Bataan (1945).See more »
Factual errors: Hand grenades are anti-personnel weapons. The have a kill radius of about 15 yards against soft targets (men, tents, etc.). They could never bring down a bridge, even when several are thrown.See more »
Sergeant Bill Dane:How's the heel?
Corp. Barney Todd:I'm fine, Sergeant. How are you?
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32 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
A big office film of its time, despite its studio jungles..., 19 September 2000

Bataan is a province, central Luzon, Philippines, sheltering Manila Bay from the South China Sea... It is largely covered by jungle and is traversed north to south by steep mountains...

After the Japanese invasion of the Philippines in December 1941 and the fall of Manila (January 2, 1942), the defending Americans and Filipinos withdrew to Bataan, foiling Japanese efforts to split the forces of U.S. General Douglas MacArthur... His troops fought a fierce delaying action until April 9, 1942, and remnants, led by Lieut. Gen. Jonathan M.Wainwright, escaped to Corregidor Island, where they surrendered about a month later...

On January 9, 1945, U.S. Forces, under MacArthur, landed at Lingayen Gulf to the north and sealed off the Bataan Peninsula... Landings were then made at Mariveles Harbor in the south and on Corregidor Island, thus securing Manila Bay for the U.S. Navy...

"Bataan" is the fictional story of 13 men who stayed behind, holding a bridge, and fighting to the death a rear guard action to ensure the success of the Allied forces retreat from the Philippines...

The audience live with the soldiers their last heroic days: George Murphy, an Air Force Lieutenant secretly reliable; Lloyd Nolan, the smart Corporal with compassionate qualities; Thomas Mitchell, a career NCO; Deni Arnaz, a friendly Spanish soldier; Barry Nelson, the competent Matowski; Lee Bowman, the Captain who falls with a bullet; Robert Walker (in his screen debut) who almost breaks down from homesickness; Kenneth Spencer, the black soldier with an undisturbed force and simple dignity, and Robert Taylor, the tough heroic Sergeant alive in the face of the enemy, who sets up his machine gun and keeps it firing until the end...

All are representatives of the heroism existing in all Americans, symbol of the heroic resistance...

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