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Jeff Sherry

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Jeff Sherry  Posted on: Mar 19, 2013 - 3:15pm
I'm sure this is nothing new to regulars on this forum, in fact the subject of PT-109 my bore some. However, I just finished watching the DVD. It has always been MY favorite PT movie...I grew up with it. Dad liked They Were Expendable better...
My point is, I think they did a pretty darn good job recreating the boats. The aft shape of the hull isn't an Elco hull, but the deck structures looks great and the scenes below deck look darn good. James Gregory coming topside from the lazerette...mistake but, ok...
My two cents worth.
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Frank Andruss

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Frank Andruss   Send Email To Frank Andruss Posted on: Mar 19, 2013 - 4:00pm
You are correct in that they did a wonderful job of recreating an Elco 80 Footer. It was and will always remain the movie that started my passion for the PT BOATS. I could watch that movie over and over, as well as "They were Expendable"................................


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David Waples

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PT-109 will always remain one of my favorites, mostly because it was something dad and I did together. It's great to see it again on wide screen.
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Roy Forbes

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Roy Forbes  Posted on: Mar 20, 2013 - 9:30am
I also agree guys about the "new" DVD. It is now in the full widescreen version and they have computer enhanced the color way beyond the VHS version. I can never watch it enough. I even put it on in the new PT room while I'm working on some of the projects just to listen to it.


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Drew Cook

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Drew Cook  Posted on: Mar 22, 2013 - 9:05am
My recollections of seeing "PT 109" on its original theatrical release in the summer of 1963 remain a cherished childhood memory.

I was nine years old, about to turn ten, and my paternal grandparents (both New Deal Democrats and BIG fans of JFK) and I rode downtown on a bus to the huge, ornate RKO Albee Theatre on Fountain Square in Cincinnati. We were early for the next showing, so we went to Graeter's Ice Cream Parlor around the corner on Vine Street. I had a bowl of lime sherbert.

We went back to the theater, and the previous show was still running. My Grandad, who was always, as it was explained to me, "nervous," couldn't wait any longer, so we went in and sat down. We saw the last few minutes of the movie -- we came in on the part where JFK, Ross, and Cluster are in the exec's cabin of the 157 -- and the end of the film.

Of course, we only had to wait a few minutes for the next show to start, and as my Grandma later told my Mother about my behavior, "He didn't move, or take his eyes off the screen for a second!"

Fond memories like that last forever, and its great to see the beautiful print of this iconic World War II PT boat film on the Warner Bros. widescreen DVD.


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Frank Andruss

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Frank Andruss   Send Email To Frank Andruss Posted on: Mar 22, 2013 - 11:34am
In 1963 I was only 6 years of age, so I never saw the movie at the Movie House. In 1967, the movie came to the world of Television, and my Dad told me to watch it. I can remember saying to him "What is a PT BOAT", can you imagine me saying that? Like Drew, I never left the screen, and watched it in awe.

Right after the movie finished, I went into my Dad's bedroom and asked him to buy me a PT BOAT. He said to forget that, but flipped me .50 cents, and I went down to ZAYRE Department Store, where I found the 1/72 Revell Kit on the shelf. I think it was on sale for .35 cents, Brother I ran home and slapped it together, no paint of course, and that boat sat on my desk for the longest time. Little did I ever think as that 10 year old Kid that I would meet and become friends with some of that original PT-109 Crew, or accomplish the things that I have with my Exhibits. That was 46 years ago, and the passion for that movie and the boats still runs deep. I think in 1963 Will was something like 30, lol...........


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Jeff Sherry

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Jeff Sherry  Posted on: Mar 25, 2013 - 12:58pm
After reading all your posts in reply to mine about PT-109, I wanted to add my own memories about the film. I was 2 when it came out so my memories statrt with television showings in the late 60's, usually on the Late Show or the 4:00 movie after school. I love this movie. I( really think it holds up well. The boats, the costumes, the cast-all top notch. I have now turned my 11 year old on to it and we watch it together. Again, a great movie.


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Will Day

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I can remember having a conversation with Cliff when we shot the promo stills at Warners. He considered it an honor to be chosen for the part and was enthusiastic about the project.

Will

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Jeff D   Send Email To Jeff D Posted on: Mar 26, 2013 - 5:36am
Cool Will, I didn't know you had a hand in the 109 movie.



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Will Day

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Will Day   Send Email To Will Day Posted on: Mar 26, 2013 - 7:06am
@Jeff: The useds my 5' model of the 493; painted "109" on the bow and sent it cross-country to put in theater lobbies as the film opened. It was pretty well trashed by the time I got it back several months later.

Frankie has offered to swap his sister if I will donate it to his museum - lol

Will

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