Movies and history should never be confused. In film, history always takes a back seat to the story line, no matter how dramatic the true events were. Film also has time and money constraints and features the anachronistic use of current equipment in a historical narrative. For instance, in John Wayne’s 1965 movie In Harm’s Way, the cruiser USS St. Paul (CA-73) was used to depict a number of prewar cruisers sunk in the early years of World War II.
Recently, the Public Broadcasting Service aired the miniseries Atlantic Crossing, a fact-based but fictionalized depiction of the relationship between Norwegian Crown Princess Märtha and President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Woven into the story is a little-remembered event involving a small U.S. ship, PC-467. The patrol craft, laid down on 22 October 1941 and commissioned on 20 June 1942, was one of 319 commissioned PCs built at 16 shipyards around the nation. Her U.S. Navy service spanned less than three months.