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 Author  Topic: "PT 109" re-airs Saturday 7/24/2010 on TCM
Alex Johnson

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For anyone who missed the airing of the motion picture "PT 109" a few months ago, the program will air on Saturday July 24th at 2:00 PM on Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Happy Viewing!

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Frank J Andruss Sr

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Thanks Alex

I guess I could stand to watch it for the 10,000 time. It's all ok though, I love the movie and never get tired of it............


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I never get tired of watching the (converted 85-foot Crash Boat) PTs...


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I think some of the scenes showing PT 109 underway were not in the
original movie showing in the theaters. See if you can spot them.
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Frank J Andruss Sr

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I was right at the old boob tube when it started. Brought me back to 1967 when I first watched it. I loved every minute. Must say those boats looked fantastic. Where did they go?


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I watched this last night. It has a completely different look to it than the VHS copy I have. The colors looked different (much better in fact) and it seemed like some of the scenes were a little longer than in the VHS format. The original scenes also hold more detail and background activity. Definitely a better way to watch this movie. Not sure why they don't release this in exactly this format.
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Frank;
I wondered that too. Everytime I watch it I notice something new, I noticed the technical advisor was Capt. Jack Gibson, He was squadron commander of RON 10 after Warfield went up as base CO of Torokina, Bouganville.. Gibson was also Squadron Commander of RON 4 (later 1944-early 1945).
As for the boats, I was very empressed by the Engine Room scenes, that really looks like the engine room of an 80' ELCO! Where these scenes actually filmed in the boats, or a studio set? I wonder what the conversion of the three boats cost the studio?
Take care,
TED


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Since I was only ten years old when I first saw the movie on the big screen in the summer of 1963 during its original theatrical release, I can't speak completely accurately as to whether or not there were more scenes of "PT 109" underway in the TCM TV broadcasts than the original film-- but I don't think there were.

My opinion, for what its worth, is the recent TCM broadcasts were the complete original release "print" of the film, with nothing added (or trimmed).

Most of us have seen the movie over and over for years now, and back during the late '60's, the '70's, and '80's, many a local TV station ran edited versions of the two hour and forty minute film -- most often in a two-and-a-half hour or three-hour time slot. This is probably why Victor remembers fewer scenes of the movie PT 109 at sea -- when you chop up to ten minutes from the film and then figure in all the commercials, you're definitely going to lose parts of no-dialogue scenes here and there. Even if run in a three-hour time slot, there'd probably be more than twenty minutes of commercials, so...

The recent TCM broadcasts have had all the footage that was contained in the official Warner Bros. standard format VHS and Beta and widescreen VHS video tape releases of the film. I know, because I dubbed a copy off one of those (standard) VHS tapes years ago, and also purchased the "Warner Bros. Classics" widescreen VHS video tape version of the film when it was released.

Anyway, I agree with Ted and Dave -- the TCM broadcasts looked flawless, the only distraction being the "TCM.com" logo box that kept popping up in the lower right-hand corner of the picture every once in a while.

I wish Warner Bros. Home Video would straighten out the "rights" problems that are rumored to be keeping "PT 109" from an official DVD release, but for now, I have one of those near-pristine, widescreen TCM broadcasts sitting on my TiVo, waiting until I purchase a Blue Ray DVD player-recorder.


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I think I remember a thread in the forum about the fate of the 109 converted crash boats after the movie. Was one of them sold used for long time as a pleasure boat or something, sat at a marina and the lost to a fire or something. For some reason that is the story that sticks in my brain but it may be the McHale boat I am thinking about.

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