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American Guerrilla in the Philippines (1950)

 -  Drama | War  -  8 November 1950 (USA)
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American soldiers stranded in the Philippines after the Japanese invasion form guerrilla bands to fight back.

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Ensign Chuck Palmer
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Jeanne Martinez (as Micheline Prelle)
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Jim Mitchell
Robert Patten ...
Lovejoy (as Bob Patten)
Tommy Cook ...
Miguel
Juan Torena ...
Juan Martinez
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The Speaker
Robert Barrat ...
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In the spring of 1942, following the blockade-run that took General Douglas MacArthur and his staff from the Philippines to the safety of Australia, the survivors of a bombed-and-sunk PT Boat make their way to shore. The skipper tells his men they have top priority passes if they can make their way to Del Monte airfield 200 miles away, and advises them to split up into pairs. Ensign Chuck Palmer and crewman Jim Mitchell finally reach Tacloban on the island of Leyte. In an American mission school, Palmer meets Jeanne Martinez, who is urgently trying to see the officer in charge with a request for help for a relative, and he also learns that the Japanese have captured the airfield. Palmer tries to make Australia by a boat that sinks in a tropical storm and has to swim for shore. All through 1942, Palmer and the other survivors dodge enemy patrols while living off of the land. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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One of the great adventures to come out of the Pacific!

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8 November 1950 (USA)  »

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Der Held von Mindanao  »

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Trivia

Fred MacMurray was originally considered for the title role before Tyrone Power was ultimately cast. See more »

Goofs

In several scenes, but especially the firefight in the church, many of the Japanese soldiers are carrying .30 caliber Springfield 1903 and M1917 Enfields - both standard U.S. Army issue in WWI and the early days of WWII. While it could be that the Japanese were using captured equipment, it would not make logistical sense to carry rifles with a different caliber then their standard issue 6.5 mm Arisaka Type 38 rifles. See more »

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Edited into All This and World War II (1976) See more »

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Chattanooga Choo Choo
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Music by Harry Warren
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The writers of this screenplay didn't research rank very well.
16 March 2006 | by (Grand Junction, CO) – See all my reviews

As an ex-military person, the discrepancy of rank in this movie is very glaring to me. Chuck Palmer is an Ensign (the lowest navy officer rank), but wears silver clusters (the rank of a Lt. Commander). At one point he is talking to an army Major and mentions that, although he is in the navy, they are of the same rank (the navy equivalent of an army major is a Lieutenant). It's an interesting movie to watch when you're up at 2 am and can't sleep. But, overall, I think this is a very sanitized version of the guerrilla fight in the Philippines during World War 2. If you've just tuned into the film at some parts, you'd think you were watching a documentary. An interesting trivia note: Jack Elam is the narrator in this film, but he also has a cameo in which he plays a con artist who bilks the locals of money in order to "buy guns and ammunition to fight the Japanese".


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