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American Guerrilla in the Philippines (1950, Tyrone Power, Tom Ewell)



Fritz Lang made five war movies in his long career, four during or just after World War II and this one, released as America was about to embark on the Korean War.

Based on a true story, it stars Tyrone Power as Ensign Chuck Palmer, the leader of a group of US servicemen left stranded in the Philippines in 1942 when General MacArthur withdrew from the Japanese invasion. Teaming up with the local resistance, he and his group, including his buddy Jim Mitchell (Tom Ewell), manage to evade the occupying forces, even setting up a makeshift radio station to bolster morale (as well as keeping track of Japanese fleet movements). Despite the wartime setting, Palmer still finds time for romance with Jeanne Martinez (Micheline Presle), the widow of a local resistance hero.

production details
USA | 105 minutes | 1950

Director: Fritz Lang
Script: Lamar Trotti, Ira Wolfert,

Jack Elam as The Speaker
Tom Ewell as Jim Mitchell
Tyrone Power as Ensign Chuck Palmer
Micheline Presle as Jeanne Martinez
Robert Patten as Lovejoy
Tommy Cook as Miguel
Juan Torena as Juan Martinez
Robert Barrat as Gen. Douglas MacArthur