The Remington Steele pundit brings up a great point about In Harm’s Way. It
is a neat picture with a solid cast (John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Burgess
Meredith, and Patricia Neal)–and has even more parallels to Kerry’s naval
service than the ones he remembered.
John Wayne plays Capt. Rockwell Torrey (“Rock” to his friends) whose
complete dedication to the Navy, a dedication that led to his divorce from a
woman from a Beacon Hill family. He discovers that his son has volunteered
for “motor torpedo boat” duty and goes to the young man’s boat to meet him.
When Rock arrives, the young man is below decks–typing. He tells “Rock”
that he volunteered for MTB duty not because he was looking for action but
because he thought it would eventually get him assigned to an admiral’s
staff; he also boasts of his close relationship with the aforementioned CDR
Neil Owynn (to the point of blabbing about a top-secret operation).
Later, when Rockwell Torrey is having lunch with Burgess Meredith’s
character (a delightful creation), he points out his son in the mess
hall/o-club. When Meredith’s character says something like, “Oh, I’d like to
meet him,” Rock replies, “No you wouldn’t.”