Cast and Crew: Tay Garnett (Director); Robert Taylor, George Murphy, Desi Arnaz, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Nolan
What It’s About: It is January 1942. For America, the war is just beginning. In the Pacific the Japanese are invading the Philippines and driving the American and Filipino forces out. A group of thirteen men stay behind to blow up a bridge to slow the Japanese advance. This is the story of their mission.
Why Watch it Today?: The American forces surrendered to the Japanese today in 1942, and the day is memorialized each year on this date in the Philippines. Bataan is a 1943 propaganda film that recycles the basic set-up of The Lost Patrol, using the plight of a small unit to stand in for all the sacrifices American and Filipino forces made on the peninsula. Read the League’s full review here.