Director: Tay Garnett Cast: Robert Taylor, George Murphy, Thomas Mitchell


In 1942, Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer and the United States Office of War Information collaborated on Bataan with the official goal to increase public understanding of World War II. The first war film to take place entirely on the battlefield -- with no scenes of the soldiers on leave, depictions of the home front, or flashbacks to pre-war civilian life -- Bataan prepared its wartime audience for American casualties. Its Alamo-esque storyline emphasized the value of such sacrifice and its diverse group of soldiers --compiled of all ranks, races, classes, ages, and creeds -- portrayed this effort as the duty of all men. It is a depiction of altruism and national unity that both inspired public support of the War and served as the template for World War II films throughout the forties and into the present. ~ Aubry Anne D'Arminio

Product Details

Release Date: 09/01/1998
UPC: 0027616092731
Original Release: 1943
Rating: NR
Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Taylor Sgt. Bill Dane
George Murphy Lt. Steve Bentley
Thomas Mitchell Cpl. Jake Feingold
Lloyd Nolan Cpl. Barney Todd,Danny Burns
Lee Bowman Capt. Henry Lassiter
Robert Walker Leonard Purckett
Desi Arnaz Felix Ramirez
Barry Nelson F.X. Matowski
Phillip Terry Matthew Hardy
Roque Espiritu Cpl. Jesus Katigbay
Kenneth Spencer Wesley Epps
Alex Havier Yankee Salazar
Tom Dugan Sam Malloy
Donald Curtis Lieutenant
Ernie Alexander Wounded Soldier
Lynne Carver Nurse
Bud Geary Infantry Officer
Mary McLeod Actor
Dorothy Morris Nurse
Phil Schumacher Machine Gunner

Technical Credits
Tay Garnett Director
Robert D. Andrews Screenwriter
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Arnold A. Gillespie Special Effects
Bronislau Kaper Score Composer
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Irving Starr Producer
Sidney Wagner Cinematographer
George White Editor

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