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Bataan (1943)

Approved | | War | 15 April 1944 (Mexico)
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.

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Tay Garnett

Writer:

Robert Hardy Andrews (original screenplay) (as Robert D. Andrews)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Roque Espiritu ... Corp. Juan Katigbak
Kenneth Spencer Kenneth Spencer ... Wesley Eeps
Alex Havier Alex Havier ... Yankee Salazar (as J. Alex Havier)
Tom Dugan ... Sam Malloy
Donald Curtis ... Lieutenant
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Storyline

Japan has just invaded the Phillipines and the US Army attempts a desperate defence. Thirteen men are chosen to blow up a bridge on the Bataan peninsula and keep the Japanese from rebuilding it. Written by <khunt@eng.morgan.edu>

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War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | Latin

Release Date:

15 April 1944 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Back to Bataan See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$958,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,049,000, 31 December 1943

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,117,000, 31 December 1943
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Richard Widmark was originally considered for the role of Purkett, which was ultimately played by Robert Walker. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Sergeant Bill Dane: Don't tell me that's Jap jive!
Felix Ramirez: No, Sarge, no. That's good old America. That's U.S.A. Well, music with our meals, eh! Fancy. That's Tommy Dorsey, from Hollywood! Ohhh... He sends me, Sarge! He makes me lace up my boots! Oh, brother! Keep blowing, Tommy, keep blowing. Oh, boy, he's tall tonight, he's tall. Yeah, talk to me, talk to me. Ohhh... ha, ha, ha. Give me some of that trombone talk, Tommy.
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Crazy Credits

Closing credits epilogue: So fought the heroes of Bataan. Their sacrifice made possible our victories in the Coral and Bismark Seas, at Midway, on New Guinea and Guadalcanal. Their spirit will lead us back to Bataan! See more »

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Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Robert Taylor (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

St. Louis Blues
(1914) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by W.C. Handy
Sung a cappella and hummed often by Kenneth Spencer
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An Unusual War Movie
10 April 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

For a war movie, this was a bit unusual in that almost the whole film took part in one place. You could almost make a play out of this. A group of men stay in one area trying to sabotage a bridge so the Japanese can't use it to transport supplies. Meanwhile, they have to fend off attacks by the enemy. The closing scenes feature that attack and some are quite brutal.

At least half of the story is not action but melodramatic looks at the soldiers, particularly of the squad's sergeant leader Robert Taylor and one of his men who has an attitude problem: Lloyd Nolan. We also get some shorter profiles of combat men played by Robert Walker, Thomas Mitchell and Desi Arnez (yes, Lucy's husband).

The special effects are more than passable considering they weren't too advanced in the film industry compared to today's technology. However, credibility was a little thin as those Japanese soldiers died awfully fast in those combat scenes at the end. I swear I saw several of them drop over before anyone hit them!

Taylor was the best in this movie "army" and Walker was the annoying character, playing an extremely young and generally stupid Navy guy (don't ask) who never stopped talking in this irritating voice. Other than his character, this was a tough, no-nonsense war movie.


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