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Release Date:
15 April 1944 (Mexico) See more »
AS BIG AS ITS NAME ! See more »
Japan has just invaded the Phillipines and the US Army attempts a desperate defence. Thirteen men are... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Good early WWII action See more (40 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Taylor ... Sergeant Bill Dane

George Murphy ... Lieut. Steve Bentley

Thomas Mitchell ... Corp. Jake Feingold

Lloyd Nolan ... Corp. 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 ... Corp. 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 ... Nurse Elsie McAlister (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)
Crew verified as complete

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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

Did You Know?

The film was criticized for being too studio-bound.See more »
Continuity: The position of Dane, Feingold and Matkowski changes when they first report to Lassiter.See more »
Sergeant Bill Dane:That's a monkey, Jake.
Corp. Jake Feingold:Yeah. Well, I missed him anyway. I'd hate to have hit him by mistake for a Jap.
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36 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
Good early WWII action, 6 July 2003
Author: papajim1 from Michigan USA

Robert Taylor gives a gritty performance as the leader of a thrown together unit fighting a delaying action during the fall of the Philipines. Lloyd Nolan does a good job as a professional soldier with a past, Thomas Mitchell is good as the older career soldier, perhaps a bit out of shape from years of peace time duty. Robert Walkers portrayal of a young homesick sailor is a good start on his career. This 1943 movie features some of the best hand to hand combat scenes to come out of any war movie, regardless of era. The exhaustion afterwards is strikingly realistic. This movie, dialogue included, is patriotic. At the time of Bataan, there wasn't much good news as the US had suffered some devastating defeats. The characters, regardless of race or creed, are treated equally which is a real plus for that time. I first saw this movie in a theatre when I was 9, (and yes, after the movie was over, the house lights came on and the ushers passed thru the audience selling War Stamps). I liked the movie then, and like it even more now. I give it a 9.

NOTE: A previous persons comment stated that they were not even wearing American helmets. In fact, the helmets worn in the movie ARE correct for the American Army in the early 1940's.

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