For one thing, I find it hard to believe that a Japanese officer would shoot a schoolteacher for refusing to take down the American flag over his school. Why do you think Japanese officers had those samurai swords?
Yikes. You’re probably right. Nasty regimes always have a fetish about saving bullets.
Surely I’ve seen No Man is and Island. But offhand I can’t say for sure. I’m going to have to look that one up. I see that it stars Captain Pike. Oh, I gotta see this one then.
Speaking of a Commie on Back to Bataan, the trivia section at IMDB for Flying Leathernecks says:
This movie is often considered merely another assignment of Nicholas Ray's at RKO for Howard Hughes to prove his political and professional alliance during the Red Scare. A blatant pro-war movie that Hughes cared about and Ray did not, Ray disagreed with the film's politics and was said to get Robert Ryan to intentionally overact. Ryan and Ray, who were leftist liberals, constantly fought against John Wayne and Jay C. Flippen, who were conservatives and supported the Blacklist.
It just goes to show you how nutty liberals are, and I mean the person who wrote this trivia bit. I didn’t find Flying Leathernecks to be a blatant pro-war film. It was, at the very least, a blatant pro-air-power film and certainly a blatant lets-fight-the-invading-Japanese film. But there was a lot of sadness and death in this one. And there were brave men such as Wayne (as well as the character played by Ryan). I guess unless you’re a limp-wristed weasel who bows down to dictators then you’re “blatant pro-war.” As for the politics of blacklisting and such, this is one of the difficult areas because there were people actually trying to sell out our country to the Russians.
Of course, now the f-tard liberals find it shocking that Russians could be trying to influence us. I side with black-listing. I know it’s not popular. And such things can be carried too far. But black-listing in the form of denying all Muslims into Europe, for example, is over-do. Having an open society is not a suicide pact. We must have some type of immune system. The problem is now that the subversives are now primarily in charge. And they represent a huge part of the population. Everyone has been well propagandized into the propaganda of “McCarthyism” despite the fact that McCarthy was right. To my mind, we could use more blacklisting and McCarthyism. Perhaps for now we must do this via espousing people to not give their money to subversive organizations such as the NFL.
They Were Expendable is the pick of the lot. The PT boats in the film were cool. And I think history shows they were effective. The boats aren’t all that big but they are loaded down by these huge missile tubes, four to a boat. They’d just run into the teeth of everything a convoy could throw at them and then skedaddle away (if they survived) after firing their torpedoes. I believe In Harms Way had a good PT boat sequence.
I wonder if a sub could ram a Q-ship and survive, though.
I wonder if the captain would even try. But in the heat of the battle, with the other ship crippled and not sunk, Wayne (or Bond) rammed the Jap ship with the sub. The problem with ramming is that even if you don’t sink there’s no guarantee that you can disengage from the ship. Everything worked right in this one though and they made it back to Pearl at half speed. And there was a commendation, not a court martial, so I guess he did the right thing.
Bond (the captain) was all shot up when he gave the dive order. It was actually a pretty good and believable sequence. At the inquiry, Wayne gave the details and explained that he searched the area for the captain as long as he dared. This brings back memories of one of the great Athenian battles talked about in a book we both reviewed, Lords of the Sea. I forget the exact battle, but one Athenian captain or admiral was executed for not trying hard enough to save the sailors who were in the water. He claimed (and it seems to me he was not lying) that the raging storm made it impossible.
A couple of these movies are about the fall of Bataan and Corregidor, but don’t go in much detail. I would have loved to have seen more of the frantic detail of ushering MacArthur and other top brass into the PT boats and making their way to safety.