They Were Expendable is a 1945 war film directed by John Ford. Filmed just weeks after the end of the war, it tells a fictionalized version of the story of US Navy Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 3 in the Philippines in the early months of World War II. The movie stars Robert Montgomery as the Squadron’s commander, Lieutenant John “Brick .... They Were Expendable: Directed by John Ford, Robert Montgomery. With Robert Montgomery, John Wayne, Donna Reed, Jack Holt. A Navy commander fights to prove the battle-worthiness of the PT boat at the start of World War II. They Were Expendable (1945) -- (Movie Clip) Those Boats Of Yours Film Details Genre War Adaptation Classic Hollywood Drama Release Date Dec 1945 Premiere Information World premiere in Washington, D.C.: 19 Dec 1945 Production Company Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp. Distribution Company Loew's Inc. Country United States Screenplay Information. "/>They were expendable