As the Japanese sweep through the East Indies during World War II, Dr. Wassell is determined to escape from Java with some crewmen of the cruiser Marblehead. Based on a true story of how Dr... See full summary »
In 1906 the American army pulls out of Mindanao leaving a handful of officers to try and get the Philippines Constabulary into shape to protect the native population from ruthless invaders. By reputation and by their exploits the fearless zealots initially strike terror into the local militia but the doctor on the post starts to finds ways to combat this.Written by
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When Dr. Canavan (Gary Cooper) says the Smith brothers (the rats) are collaborating on work he's doing with Berry Berry; Berry Berry was added, very obviously, in post production. See more »
Dr. Bill Canavan:
[to Captain Hartley, who is going blind]
Fact is you're afraid to live. That's much worse than being afraid to die!
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Opening credits prologue: This picture is dedicated to those heroic men - - - - members of the Philippine Constabulary - - who, 'always outnumbered - - never outfought' - - struggled valiantly to wrest their independence from forces that sought to enslave them - - - -.
Their unfailing courage in the face of untold hardships - - has made possible the great Philippine Commonwealth as we know it today.
A few years earlier, Gary Cooper starred in the very entertaining LIVES OF A BENGAL LANCER--an adventure film about an uprising in Afghanistan and the actions of the British army to crush this rebellion. In this case, the film cast made some sense, as Gary Cooper's accent could be explained away by his being a Canadian. But here, we once again have him playing a very similar role as a soldier in the American army but he is surrounded by British actors. They never really explained how the very-British Reginald Owen and David Niven were American soldiers! But, despite this silly casting, the film is highly entertaining and worth seeing--provided you ignore the strange accents. In addition, like LIVES OF A BENGAL LANCER, there was a local tribal insurrection that must be eliminated by training loyal locals to fight to ensure the peace. In the case of this film, it is set in the Philippines and based on the very brief Moro uprising towards the beginning of the 20th century. It's the sort of adventure film you can enjoy provided you have only modest expectations--in other words, this isn't deep or philosophical, but more like a traditional Cowboy and Indian movie set in a tropical setting.
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