Have I mentioned I loooooooooove the WB Archive?? I’ve just learned that PT 109, the film that recounts President John F. Kennedy’s experiences in the Pacific during WWII will be released through the Warner Archive MOD format on May 10, 2011. You can pre-order the PT 109 (DVD) at the WB site. (Disclosure: If you purchase through the provided link, I receive compensation. Click here for details.)
I just watched “Sunday in New York” this past weekend and had wondered if PT 109 would find its way into the Warner Archive MOD format. And it has! Woohoo!
Thanks again WB!
Original airdate: September 15, 1965 (Premier)
“It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace — but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!” – Patrick Henry, US statesman 1736-1799
I watched this episode on YouTube back in 2008 just after finding “A Cup of Kindness.” Where I was hooked by “Kindess,” it was this episode that sufficiently reeled me in.
The episode opens with Scotty and Kelly watching film footage of Elroy Browne (Ivan Dixon), an American athlete and Olympian, who defected to China approximately a year earlier. The footage seems to indicate some disenchantment on the part of Browne and the US Government wants to open an invitation for Browne to return to the US. He’s not particularly wanted back but the gesture at least needs to be made.
Scotty spoke to Elroy the previous year, trying to persuade him not to defect but the message went nowhere. The incident left Scotty a little bitter, as Elroy said hardly anything during Scotty’s speechify and then departed saying, “So long, Patrick Henry.”
Although Scotty doesn’t care to have to go through it again, he accepts the assignment with Kelly.
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