A solid WW II action film, OPERATION PACIFIC offers more than the usual John Wayne heroics, presenting subtle doubts about the invincibility of Wayne, while allowing the foxy Neal to assert her strong personality in turn. Wayne and Neal play a couple who divorced after they lost their
child. Now, in WW II, Wayne stumbles out of the Asian jungle with a baby he has just saved and which he turns over to a base hospital where Neal is stationed as a nurse. She arranges to meet Wayne again "accidentally" to see if she still has that old feeling for him. She does but refuses to yield
to her emotions, even though he admits that their breakup was his fault, saying, "We had ...