Dallas Holocaust Museum presents They Were Expendable
The Dallas Holocaust Museum will present a screening of John Ford’s World War II drama, They Were Expendable, starring John Wayne and Robert Montgomery. Wayne and Montgomery play John Brickley and Rusty Ryan, two PT Boat skippers sent to Manila to help defend the Philippines against a potential Japanese invasion. While the film is a work of fiction, Brickley and Ryan are based on actual subjects, and the film received attention for its verisimilitude.
Ford is one of the featured directors in Dallas Holocaust Museum's special gallery exhibit, "Filming the Camps: From Hollywood to Nuremberg - John Ford, Samuel Fuller, George Stevens." During World War II, Ford served in the Navy and as head of the photographic unit for the Office of Strategic Services. He won two Academy Awards during his service, one for the semi-documentary The Battle of Midway and the other for the propaganda film, December 7th.