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American Guerrilla in the Philippines (1950)

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

Director:

Fritz Lang

Writers:

Lamar Trotti (screenplay), Ira Wolfert (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tyrone Power ... Ensign Chuck Palmer
Micheline Presle ... Jeanne Martinez (as Micheline Prelle)
Tom Ewell ... Jim Mitchell
Robert Patten ... Lovejoy (as Bob Patten)
Tommy Cook ... Miguel
Juan Torena ... Juan Martinez
Jack Elam ... The Speaker
Robert Barrat ... Gen. Douglas MacArthur
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Storyline

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 two hundred 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 the land. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

8 November 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Held von Mindanao See more »

Filming Locations:

Manila, Philippines See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the book, which was based on a true story, Jeanne Martinez was not French, but a Filipina. See more »

Goofs

When the Japanese navel vessel appears it is displaying the Hinomaru which is the national flag of Japan, however during the second world war both the Japanese army and Navy had their own respective flags. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

I Had the Craziest Dream
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played as background music
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The writers of this screenplay didn't research rank very well.
16 March 2006 | by BrianSee 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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