AMERICAN GUERRILLA IN THE
20th Century Fox, 1950. Directed by
Fritz Lang. Camera: Harry Jackson. With
Jr., Micheline Presle, Tom Ewell, Bob Patten, Tommy Cook, Juan Torena,
Jack Elam, Robert Barrat, Carleton Young, Miguel Anzures, Sabu Camacho,
Erlinda Cortes, Cris de Vera, Rosa Del Rosario, Maria del Val, Arling
Gonzales, Fred Gonzales, Eduardo Infante.
In April 1942 in the Philippines, an American
motor torpedo boat is destroyed by Japanese planes. The survivors, among
them Ensign Chuck Palmer, make their way ashore on Cebu. Their commander
orders them to split up. Chuck pairs up with Jim Mitchell and reaches
Colonel Benson on Leyte, only to be told that he has been ordered by General
Douglas MacArthur to surrender his forces soon.
Chuck helps Jeanne Martinez, a Frenchwoman
married to a Filipino planter, get medical assistance for a pregnant woman.
Jeanne pleads with Chuck to stay and fight, but he buys an outrigger canoe
and recruits a crew of Air Corps soldiers in a desperate, but unsuccessful
attempt to sail to Australia. When the boat founders, the crew is rescued by
Miguel, a member of the Filipino resistance. The Americans evade capture and
Chuck eventually meets Jeanne again, as well as her husband Juan, a secret
supporter of the resistance movement.
Chuck is ordered to stay in the Philippines to
help set up a network to gather intelligence on the Japanese. Later, Juan is
beaten to death in front of Jeanne in an attempt to find out where the
guerrillas are hiding out. Jeanne joins the resistance and is reunited with
Chuck at Christmas 1943. They begin to fall in love.
After three years of fighting, Chuck, Jeanne,
Jim and the rest of their band are trapped in a church by a Japanese patrol.
Just when it looks as if they will be wiped out, squadrons of American
planes appear overhead and explosions are heard, announcing the liberation
of the Philippines is underway. The Japanese leave to face this greater