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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.”

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