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I saw "They Were Expendable" for the umteenth time tonight and reminisced the first time I saw the movie when I was 11 years old. I know Herbert Stothart was the composer and I know the theme has haunted me for 60 years now. I have searched the web in vain but to no avail. I have yet to identify a title for the theme. My question is in regards to the same film. The "love" song which we hear from time to time (especially when Lt Ryan dances with Lt Davys) is my quest. I've heard it now and again over the years but have yet to put a title to it. I assume that Earl Brent wrote the lyrics and Stothart the music. If you can help beyond this I would much appreciate it.

I have been searching for the name of that tune too. I vaguly remember that the lyrics contained "I love you Maquita (or Makita)" But I can't find it on the web.

I have a name of some music in the film called "Marcheta" (pronounced Mar-KEE-ta) this was used when John Wayne was dancing with Donna Reed.

Here are two link I have to the music:

http://www.YouTube.com/watch?v=oCGD6rX3GNc (clip from the film)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kb_8_ZOIHVg (actual song recorded 1928)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ygi1F9spZ8 (orchestra version 1923)

Hope I've Helped.

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