135 mins N/A They Were Expendable | 1945 Drama Life in and around motor torpedo boats in the Pacific War. 135 mins N/A Director: John Ford Writers: Frank Wead, William L White Stars: Robert Montgomery, John Wayne, Donna Reed | See full cast & crew » Awards: 2 Oscar nominations. | full awards » Jump to Related Articles Photos Cast & Crew 2Awards Synopsis Cast Robert Montgomery ... Lt. John Brickley Actor John Wayne ... Lt. (J.G.) 'Rusty' Ryan Actor Donna Reed ... Lt. Sandy Davyss Actor Jack Holt ... General Martin Actor Ward Bond ... 'Boats' Mulcahey C.B.M. Actor Marshall Thompson ... Ens. 'Snake' Gardner Actor Paul Langton ... Ens. 'Andy' Andrews Actor Leon Ames ... Major James Morton Actor Arthur Walsh ... Seaman Jones Actor Donald Curtis ... Lt. (J.G.) 'Shorty' Long / Radio Announcer Actor Cameron Mitchell ... Ens. George Cross Actor Jeff York ... Ens. Tony Aiken Actor Full Cast & Crew Director John Ford Director Full Cast & Crew Writers Frank Wead Screenplay William L White Book as Source Material Full Cast & Crew Company Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. Studio Full Cast & Crew Synopsis Life in and around motor torpedo boats in the Pacific War.