The Huntsville Museum of Art continues its series of World War II films with a special presentation of "They Were Expendable" (1945) on Thursday, August 15, 2013, at 6 pm in the Chan Gallery. Admission to the museum is required, but members can attend the event for free.
Directed by John Ford, "They Were Expendable" stars John Wayne, Robert Montgomery, and Donna Reed in a story about PT boat crews in the Philippines. The film was adapted from the novel by William L. White and earned two Oscar nominations in 1946. Jack Holt, Ward Bond, and Marshall Thompson also appear in supporting roles.
The film program is part of a series of events planned to tie into the museum's current exhibit of World War II photographs. The museum will show a different movie each Thursday in August and September, continuing with "Twelve O'Clock High" (1949) on August 22 and "Mister Roberts" (1955) on August 29.
Jennifer Garlen writes as the Huntsville and National Classic Movies Examiner. Her book, "Beyond Casablanca: 100 Classic Movies Worth Watching," is available in paperback and Kindle editions on Amazon.