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Director:
Writers:
Ben Barzman (screenplay) and
Richard H. Landau (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
31 May 1945 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
"GET YOUR WEAPON FROM A JAP!",,,but you'll have to kill him first! (original poster) See more »
Plot:
The US Army's defense of its Philippines colony and the allied Malay countries/colonies behind it counted... See more » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
An exceptional WWII action film See more (27 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Wayne ... Col. Joseph Madden

Anthony Quinn ... Capt. Andrés Bonifácio

Beulah Bondi ... Bertha Barnes
Fely Franquelli ... Dalisay Delgado
Richard Loo ... Maj. Hasko
Philip Ahn ... Col. Coroki
Alex Havier ... Sgt. Bernessa (as J. Alex Havier)
'Ducky' Louie ... Maximo Cuenca

Lawrence Tierney ... Lt. Cmdr. Waite
Leonard Strong ... Gen. Homma

Paul Fix ... Bindle Jackson
Abner Biberman ... Japanese Captain
Vladimir Sokoloff ... Señor Buenaventura J. Bello
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Erville Alderson ... Teacher (uncredited)
Spencer Chan ... Japanese Man (uncredited)
W.T. Chang ... Leader (uncredited)
Robert Clarke ... Soldier (uncredited)
Roger Cole ... Wainwright's Aide (uncredited)
Angelo Cruz ... Cruz (uncredited)
Pat Davis ... Aide (uncredited)
Tony Dell ... Soldier (uncredited)
Abe Dinovitch ... Singer (uncredited)
Marcello Estorres ... Priest (uncredited)
Tommy Estrella ... Second Guerrilla (uncredited)
Benson Fong ... Officer Making Broadcast (uncredited)
Harold Fong ... Prince Ito (uncredited)
H.W. Gim ... Japanese Secret Agent (uncredited)
Edmund Glover ... (uncredited)
Erick Hanson ... Wainwright's Aide (uncredited)
Joseph Kim ... Sgt. Osami (uncredited)
Pauline Lang ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jung Lim ... Japanese General (uncredited)
Jimmy Lono ... Filipino Priest (uncredited)
Leon Lontoc ... First Guerrilla (uncredited)
Kenneth MacDonald ... Maj. McKinley (uncredited)
Michael Mark ... Señor O'Bordo (uncredited)
John Miljan ... Gen. Jonathan Wainwright ('Skinny') (uncredited)
Andy Nocon ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Ted O'Shea ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Carmen Padilla ... Marie (uncredited)

Ray Teal ... Lt. Col. Roberts (uncredited)
Bill Williams ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Edward Dmytryk 
 
Writing credits
Ben Barzman (screenplay) and
Richard H. Landau (screenplay)

Æneas MacKenzie (original story) (as Aeneas Mac Kenzie) and
William Gordon (original story)

Produced by
Robert Fellows .... executive producer
Theron Warth .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Roy Webb 
 
Cinematography by
Nicholas Musuraca (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Marston Fay 
 
Art Direction by
Ralph Berger 
Albert S. D'Agostino 
 
Set Decoration by
Charles Nields (set decorations)
Darrell Silvera (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Renié (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Charles Gemora .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Dewey Starkey .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ruby Rosenberg .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
James G. Stewart .... rerecording by
Earl A. Wolcott .... recorded by
 
Special Effects by
Vernon L. Walker .... special effects
 
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
Max Steiner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
George S. Clarke .... technical advisor (as Colonel George S. Clarke U.S.A.)
Sid Davis .... stand-in: John Wayne (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
95 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 (heavily cut) (1954) | Finland:(Banned) (uncut) (1954) | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) (1997) | USA:Approved (MPPDA rating: certificate #10576) | West Germany:12 (f)
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Shooting took 130 days.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: An M4 Sherman tank, standing in as a Japanese tank, approaches a bridge and is blown up. When the smoke clears, the wreckage is now that of an M3 Stuart.See more »
Quotes:
Maximo Cuenca:[a poor student dying in his teacher's arms after heroic action] Miss Barnes, I'm sorry I never learned how to spell "liberty".
[dies]
Bertha Barnes:[tearfully] No one ever learned it so well.
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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
An exceptional WWII action film, 24 May 2007
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

While this film is a tad heavy from time to time with propaganda elements, in many ways this war film stands well above the usual crowd of jingoistic American war films. Now I am NOT being critical saying the films are "jingoistic", as this was positive propaganda that slightly exaggerated the truth in order to unify the country against the Japanese. After all, we were at war and Japan had conquered most of the Pacific. But films made during the war often sacrificed reality in order to deliver the message--such as in AIR FORCE when a B-17 bomber almost single-handedly wipes out half the Japanese planes!! Fortunately, beneath the occasionally heavy-handed patriotism, the film itself was a very good representation of the war in the Philippines. This, combined with excellent action scenes and better than average acting make this a film worth seeing. In particular, other than IN HARMS WAY, this is John Wayne's best WWII film, as his acting is a little less "bigger than life" and more realistic. Also, if you liked this film, I also strongly recommend BATAAN (starring a surprisingly macho Robert Taylor). This film focuses on the fall of Bataan and BACK TO BATAAN is a great companion piece as it focuses not only on this but its reconquest. Top notch entertainment and a decent history lesson to boot!

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