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About EdisonMcIntyre

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  1. 'Twould be nice if TCM showed more non-U.S. films, period, especially from the decades prior to the 1960s. One problem, I assume, is finding good prints with readable English subtitles. There's also some sensitivity, I gather, about showing, say, WWII films made in Nazi Germany or in Japan -- but proper presentation, with authoritative commentary, should make any Nazi or Japanese propaganda content palatable. We certainly see enough U.S. propaganda from WWII -- why not show the enemy's propaganda to put it all in context?
  2. Yes, that's the end of the film -- falling bomb and fade to black. The End. That's a terrific piece of screen writing, isn't it? "And don't forget the name!"
  3. Interesting topic,but define your terms. By "war film," do you mean just "combat" movies or any film that touches on issues of the war and the miltary? And by "good," do you mean a movie that's merely entertaining, or a film that approaches something like the truth? Also, keep in mind that a lot of movies that are "pro-war," or justify military action (as in almost all the World War II films of the 1940s and 1950s) can still express a "war is hell" theme. I can't think of any serious war film that maintains that war is a totally positive enterprise. (I'm sure someone else can, though.)
  4. "It is I, Captain -- Ensign Pulver, and I just threw your stinkin' palm tree overboard! Now, what's all this crud about no movies tonight?"
  5. Yes, A BRIDGE TOO FAR (1977). James Caan is the sergeant (Sgt. Dohun), Arthur Hill the doc, and (I think) Nicholas Campbell as the captain whose life Caan saves.
  6. Nothing comes to mind at this point. Any idea as to vintage? Color or B&W? Performers? Nationality? WWII, Korea, Vietnam? Are they soldiers or airmen? Show down or dropped behind the lines? Need more info. Edited by: EdisonMcIntyre on Jan 17, 2011 9:48 PM
  7. "Eagle" (1976) was my first thought, too. Check it out at: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074452/
  8. I'm not aware that any Japanese-Americans appeared in Hollywood films during the 1942-45 period. The internment of the West Coast's Japanese-American population in 1942 was just about total, and the U.S. government wasn't about to let the Nisei and Issei out of the internment camps to dress up as Japanese soldiers. Moreover, I doubt that, under the circumstances, the Japanese-Americans themselves would have been eager to play such roles. Overwhelmingly, the Japanese characters in World War II-era films -- from extras to featured actors -- are played by people of Chinese, Korean, or Filipino background. (The studios' attitude toward Asians at this point was, essentially, "They all look alike anyway, right?") Among the most often-seen Asian actors who played Japanese characters were Richard Loo (Chinese-American, born in Hawaii), Philip Ahn (Korean-American, born in L.A.), Keye Luke (born in Canton, China, grew up in Seattle), Victor Sen Yung (Chinese-American, born in San Francisco), and Benson Fong (Chinese-American, born Sacramento). And, of course, nationality was interchangeable for these actors -- they would play a Chinese character in one film and a Japanese in the next. In addition, it was common for Caucasian actors to play Asian characters in this era of Hollywood filmmaking. I'm sure that if you look closely at some of those "Japanese" extras in AIR FORCE, you'll find some white dudes of smaller stature, with a bit of makeup. TCM often shows BEHIND THE RISING SUN, a 1943 RKO production that was just about the only American film of the war years that depicted Japanese characters who were even a little sympathetic -- but all of the major Japanese roles (and some minor ones) were played by American actors like Tom Neal, J. Carroll Naish, Mike Mazurki, and Margo (Mrs. Eddie Albert), while Ahn, Fong, Loo, and a host of other Asian-Americans handled the lesser (and less sympathetic) Japanese roles. Interestingly, Loo played a heroic (and very loyal) Japanese-American soldier in Samuel Fuller's THE STEEL HELMET (1951), an early film about the Korean War. But it wasn't until the late '50s and '60s that genuine Japanese-American actors -- Mako, Pat Morita, Jack Soo, James Shigeta, Pat Suzuki, George Takei, Miyoshi Umeki, and others -- started to gain prominence in American films and TV. More than you wanted to know, right?
  9. How about "Pineapple butai" (1960), aka "Hey, Pineapple." It's listed at: _http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0253476/_ Also at: _http://ftvdb.bfi.org.uk/sift/title/314836_ Apparently a Japanese production. I found this by searching keywords at IMDB.com. If this isn't the film you recall you can do the same. Also search the net.
  10. THE GALLANT HOURS is a clunky docudrama, but it's salvaged by Cagney's reserved performance and the fact that he actually resembled Halsey (who also would be played by James Whitmore, Robert Mitchum, Kenneth Tobey, Richard X. Slattery, Pat Hingle, and Glenn Morshower -- none of whom looked even vaguely like the admiral). Montgomery (who had directed other films and TV shows, including part of THEY WERE EXPENDABLE (1945, when John Ford was injured on the set), was in the Navy during World War II and obviously had his heart deep in this effort. I don't know when work on the film started, but it was probably before Halsey's death in August 1959. The film came out the following June. The narration,by Frank D. Gilroy and Beirne Lay Jr., is the most annoying aspect of the film (I rather like the score by the Roger Wagner Chorale -- not the Navy Choir), and the depiction of Yamamoto's assassination in mid-November 1942 (rather than April 1943) is also a little jarring. But the war action and historical accuracy of this film are secondary to the character portrayal of a lonely commander who must order men to their deaths. Cagney (and the script) just nail that aspect of Halsey, which is why THE GALLANT HOURS remains one of the best movies ever done about the subject of military leadership. I don't know for sure if they show this in classes at the nation's military academies, but it should be required viewing for aspiring officers. A nice contrast to Cagney's portrayal of Captain Morton in MR. ROBERTS -- also a film about leadership. THE GALLANT HOURS, along with SHAKE HANDS WITH THE DEVIL, were the high points of Cagney's late career (although ONE, TWO, THREE is a lot of fun).
  11. Apparently "Nine Men," a 1943 Ealing Studios production directed by Harry Watt. The cast included Jack Lambert and a young Gordon Jackson, in his third film. See _http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0036204/_ I found this on IMDB.com by using their keyword search. You can also search the title on the internet and find several other references. Thanks for alerting me to this film. I had never heard of it, much less seen it. As the IMDB page points out, it sounds like a British version of "Sahara," right up Sgt. Joe Gunn's alley!
  12. You can find a list of all of Blech's films on the Internet Movie Database: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0088083/ He made a ton of war films. Are you sure the one you're seeking also featured Mitchum?
  13. Fair to whom? Leave Audie alone! Seriously, Huston was drawing on his own WWII experience in making a "modern" version of RED BADGE, and casting Audie and Bill Mauldin was not only a marketing coup but an effort to lend authenticity to a movie that likely would be seen by thousands of WWII combat vets. That a bonafide hero was playing a coward leant a greater degree of realism as well as humanity to the character of Henry. Audie was no great shakes as an actor, and he was wise enough to know that, but his performance in RED BADGE is pretty good, given the limitations of the script. If you really like this film, do read Lillian Ross's excellent (and short) book, PICTURE. Interestingly, the producer of the film, Gottfried Reinhardt, comes across as the real hero of the production in Ross's account. Oh, yeah -- keep in mind that RED BADGE was made four years before Audie was persuaded to portray himself in TO HELL AND BACK. And in spite of his reputation as a military hero, Audie's bread-and-butter as an actor was the Western film, in which he played a variety of roles. Other than RED BADGE and TO HELL AND BACK, he made only one other film that could be described as a "war movie." And -- the film was produced by MGM, not Warner Brothers. 'Twould be nice if the original footage still exists. Edited by: EdisonMcIntyre on May 19, 2010 10:13 PM
  14. Could it have been a television episode rather than a feature film? Sounds like something out of COMBAT or THE TWILIGHT ZONE.
  15. Pretty sure that, if it's Peter Falk, the film must be ITALIANI BRAVA GENTE, a 1964 Italian film released in the United States a couple of years later as ATTACK AND RETREAT. The film dealt with Italian soldiers who were involved in the Axis invasion of the Soviet Union, and the film was made in Russia with cooperation of the Soviet government. Falk has a brief part as an Italian Army doctor who volunteers to allow himself to be swapped for a Soviet partisan so that the doctor can travel to a partisan camp to treat a badly wounded Russian. The Soviets are the good guys, the Germans are the bad guys, and the Italian soldiers are portrayed largely as victims of their Fascist leaders (including a Fascist officer played by Arthur Kennedy, who is the only other prominent non-Italian actor in the cast). I don't think Falk ever played a German soldier in any film. Despite the '60s Italian political correctness, this is a powerful film and worth at least one look. Unfortunately, the English-dubbed version is not done very well, and the version released in this country and on VHS/DVD may not be the complete film. This would be a good one for TCM to show in the original Italian, with literate subtitles. But the English-dubbed version is better than nothing. Edited by: EdisonMcIntyre on May 19, 2010 9:24 PM Edited by: EdisonMcIntyre on May 19, 2010 9:39 PM Edited by: EdisonMcIntyre on May 19, 2010 9:41 PM
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