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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.

Director:

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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Country:

USA

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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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Budget:

$958,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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Goofs

Although the American soldier was clearly a great coconut tree climber, it is near to impossible to sit atop a coconut tree. Many Filipinos to this day fall when attempting this. See more »

Quotes

Sergeant Bill Dane: Eh, Todd?
Corp. Barney Todd: Yeah?
Sergeant Bill Dane: First hitch in the Army?
Corp. Barney Todd: I was a little young for World War I.
Sergeant Bill Dane: Ah, You could've made it.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: When Japan struck, our desperate need was time - - - time to marshal our new armies. Ninety-six priceless days were bought for us - - with their lives - - by the defenders of Bataan, the Philippine army which formed the bulk of MacArthur's infantry fighting shoulder to shoulder with Americans. To those immortal dead, who heroically stayed the wave of barbaric conquest, this picture is reverently dedicated. See more »

Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

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Version of The Lost Patrol (1934) 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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A big office film of its time, despite its studio jungles...
19 September 2000 | by Nazi_Fighter_DavidSee all my reviews

Bataan is a province, central Luzon, Philippines, sheltering Manila Bay from the South China Sea... It is largely covered by jungle and is traversed north to south by steep mountains...

After the Japanese invasion of the Philippines in December 1941 and the fall of Manila (January 2, 1942), the defending Americans and Filipinos withdrew to Bataan, foiling Japanese efforts to split the forces of U.S. General Douglas MacArthur... His troops fought a fierce delaying action until April 9, 1942, and remnants, led by Lieut. Gen. Jonathan M.Wainwright, escaped to Corregidor Island, where they surrendered about a month later...

On January 9, 1945, U.S. Forces, under MacArthur, landed at Lingayen Gulf to the north and sealed off the Bataan Peninsula... Landings were then made at Mariveles Harbor in the south and on Corregidor Island, thus securing Manila Bay for the U.S. Navy...

"Bataan" is the fictional story of 13 men who stayed behind, holding a bridge, and fighting to the death a rear guard action to ensure the success of the Allied forces retreat from the Philippines...

The audience live with the soldiers their last heroic days: George Murphy, an Air Force Lieutenant secretly reliable; Lloyd Nolan, the smart Corporal with compassionate qualities; Thomas Mitchell, a career NCO; Deni Arnaz, a friendly Spanish soldier; Barry Nelson, the competent Matowski; Lee Bowman, the Captain who falls with a bullet; Robert Walker (in his screen debut) who almost breaks down from homesickness; Kenneth Spencer, the black soldier with an undisturbed force and simple dignity, and Robert Taylor, the tough heroic Sergeant alive in the face of the enemy, who sets up his machine gun and keeps it firing until the end...

All are representatives of the heroism existing in all Americans, symbol of the heroic resistance...


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