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In 1942, after the fall of the Philippines to the Japanese, U.S. Army Col. Joseph Madden stays behind to organize the local resistance against the Japanese invaders.


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Col. Joseph Madden
Capt. Andrés Bonifácio
Bertha Barnes
Dalisay Delgado
Maj. Hasko
Col. Coroki
Alex Havier ...
Sgt. Bernessa (as J. Alex Havier)
'Ducky' Louie ...
Maximo Cuenca
Lt. Cmdr. Waite
Gen. Homma
Bindle Jackson
Japanese Captain
Señor Buenaventura J. Bello
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Teacher (uncredited)
Japanese Man (uncredited)
W.T. Chang ...
Leader (uncredited)
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)
Officer Making Broadcast (uncredited)
Harold Fong ...
Prince Ito (uncredited)
H.W. Gim ...
Japanese Secret Agent (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)
First Guerrilla (uncredited)
Maj. McKinley (uncredited)
Señor O'Bordo (uncredited)
Gen. Jonathan Wainwright ('Skinny') (uncredited)
Andy Nocon ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Ted O'Shea ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Carmen Padilla ...
Marie (uncredited)
Lt. Col. Roberts (uncredited)

Directed by

Edward Dmytryk

Written by

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

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)

Script and Continuity Department

Rose Steinberg ... script supervisor

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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Plot Summary

The US Army's defense of its Philippines colony and the allied Malay countries/colonies behind it counted on its island fortress of Corregidor on Luzon -and a few others- but loses it in the 6 May 1942 Japanese combined forces attack. Colonel Joseph Madden is among the escaping survivors who are ordered by general Douglas McArthur to organize a guerrilla. As he finds many native Filipinos inclined to resist the occupier's vision of returning to the South Asian fold under a paternalistic empire which doesn't hesitate to 'spank the unruly', but is mainly civilian, unprepared, inept in military matters, Madden appeals to the legendary anti-US freedom fighter Andres Bonifácio's homonymous grandson Captain Andrés Bonifácio, who is luckily rescued from a POW dead march, to inspire the resistance -once his own fighting spirit is rekindled- with him in a still very unsure war, retaliated by bloody, ten to one repression. When the Japanese realize the people side against them, they stage fake independence under imperial prince Ito, but are betrayed. While the tide of war turns against Japan all around the Pacific, the bitter fight intensifies further... Written by KGF Vissers

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Taglines "GET YOUR WEAPON FROM A JAP!",,,but you'll have to kill him first! (original poster) See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Invisible Army (United States)
  • Retour aux Philippines (France)
  • Zwei schlagen zurück (Germany)
  • La patrulla del coronel Jackson (Spain, Catalan title)
  • La patrulla del coronel Jackson (Spain)
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  • 95 min
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Trivia The United States annexed the Philippines in 1898 along with Puerto Rico and Guam. See more »
Goofs When we first see Miss Barnes addressing her school, she says that the agreement between the United States and the Philippines had set the date of Philippine independence for July 4, 1946. In fact, the original 1936 agreement between the two countries had set the date of Filipino independence for 1944, but the advent of World War II made it necessary to delay independence until after the war was over. The Philippines did become independent on July 4, 1946, but that was not the date set in the agreement Miss Barnes alluded to. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The John Wayne Anthology (1991). See more »
Crazy Credits Opening credits: This story was not invented. The events you are about to see are based on actual incidents. The characters are based on real people. JANUARY 30, 1945 THE JAPANESE PRISON CAMP AT CABANATUAN See more »
Quotes Maj. Hasko: I send out 100 men, they find nothing. I send out ten men, they don't come back.
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