Past Programs
They Were Expendable (1945)
Mary Owen, Craig L. Symonds, Ron Simon
Fri, June 7th, 2013 | 7:00 pm


Admission to the film programs is free in conjunction with New-York Historical’s Pay-as-you-wish Friday Nights (6-8 PM). No advanced reservations are possible for these events. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 6 PM. Auditorium doors open at 6:30 PM (unless otherwise noted).


World War II and Its Legacy in Film
Join us for the New-York Historical Society’s inaugural film series, featuring opening remarks by notable directors, writers, actors, and historians. Produced in conjunction with New-York Historical’s exhibition WWII & NYC, this selection of classic films will show a broad scope of life during and after the most widespread and destructive conflict in human history.

They Were Expendable (1945)
John Ford’s classic war film depicts the courage and strength of the PT boat crews serving in the Philippines in the days after Pearl Harbor. Directed by John Ford. Starring Robert Montgomery, John Wayne, Donna Reed. 135 min.


Mary Owen is the daughter of Donna Reed, star of such films as It's A Wonderful Life and They Were Expendable, and serves on the board of directors for the Donna Reed Foundation for the Performing Arts. She has introduced her mother's films at such venues as the IFC Theater Center and on Turner Classic Movies. Craig L. Symonds is a leading naval historian and professor emeritus at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. He is the author of The Battle of Midway. Ron Simon has been a curator at The Paley Center for Media since the early 1980s and is an adjunct associate professor at Columbia University, New York University, and Hunter College, where he teaches courses on the history of media.


The New-York Historical Society is grateful to Bank of America for its generous support of all Free Friday Night Programs.

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