They Were Expendable (1945)
The PT Boat attack on the cruiser was lifted from the film They Were Expendable.
title and producer's name seen on studio production schedule board
The scene where one of the sailors is tasting the dishwater thinking that it is soup, is referenced later in another John Ford's film (also about navy) 'Mister Roberts' (when Jack Lemmon is touring nurses around the ship).
Mentioned as part of John Wayne's filmography.
The song "Zamboanga" played on the crank record player by Gilhooley is being played on the radio at a bar in "They Were Expendable" just before the announcement about Pearl Harbor is made.
still from the film
Discussed by Paul Greengrass and John Ford, and advertised on a theater marquee.
When Windy sings "Oh the Monkeys Have No Tails" it is also played in the enlisted bar in just before the radio announces the attack on Pearl Harbor.