A semi-documentary dramatization of five weeks in the life of Vice Admiral William F. "Bull" Halsey, Jr., from his assignment to command the U.S. naval operations in the South Pacific to the Allied victory at Guadalcanal.
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
This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Tuesday 29 January 1957 on KTTV (Channel 2), followed by Seattle Friday 1 February 1957 on KING (Channel 5), by Minneapolis Sunday 3 February 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9) and by Hartford CT Saturday 9 February 1957 on WHCT (Channel 18); in Chicago it first aired 23 March 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2) , in Philadelphia 10 May 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Norfolk VA 11 May 1957 on WTAR (Channel 13), in New Haven CT 17 May 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8), and in Altoona PA 12 July 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), but not in New York City until 4 January 1958 on WCBS (Channel 2) and in San Francisco 3 August 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »
One of the characters makes fun of the people back in the States having to endure the "hardships" of rationing. This movie takes place in late December 1941 or early January 1942. Rationing of items did not start until later in 1942 or even May 1943, in the case of sugar. See more »
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 »
Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »
I first saw this film about 20 years ago and absolutely loved it. When I purchased the film recently, I can still say I absolutely love it. Of course when seeing the film today, the viewer may think that this film is a bit anachronistic, especially considering todays jaded skepticism and mentality of "question everything, trust no one". But given the year when the movie was made (1943) it falls right in line with the mindset of the times. The acting and sets are pretty much of the standard 30's and 40's Hollywood flair with the bad guys being very bad, the good guys being very good and those that die in battle doing such without much complaint or bloodshed. But all aside, I was able to get drawn into the characters lives to the point to where I was concerned with who lived and who died as well as being on the edge of my seat with all the ensuing tension that only a good war picture can give. All in all, I would rate this film a must see. No, this film won't deliver the intense realism as does Band of Brothers or Saving Private Ryan but it also doesn't deliver the always painful to watch introspective/flashback ponderings that Thin Red Line does. Another plus is that there ISN'T a love story plunked down in the middle of the story line!
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