American Guerrilla in the Philippines (I Shall Return) (1950)
Average Rating: 5.8/10
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Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 3
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The year is 1942. Ensign Chuck Palmer (Tyrone Power) is stranded in the Japanese-occupied Philippines after his ship is torpedoed. Linking up with several other American refugees, Palmer helps the Filipinos organize a resistance movement against the enemy. They even manage to construct a few jerry-built radio stations to keep tabs on Japanese fleet movements. Hard to believe that Palmer finds romance under these trying circumstances, but he does, in the form of Jeanne Martinez (Micheline
Nov 7, 1950 Wide
20th Century Fox
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Ensign Chuck Palmer
Robert H. Barrat
Gen. Douglas MacArth...
Chris de Vega
Maria del Val
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There certainly is no accounting for the mechanistic nature of the script, for the lapses in continuity or for the lameness of the professionals in the cast.
It's not a terrible movie, but eliminating the romance with planter's wife Presle and sprucing up the script might have made rather more of it.
Footage has some good, male humor mixed in with the derrin-do, and Fritz Lang's direction develops a strong sense of expectancy and suspense in the story-telling.
Though critics pummeled the film at the time, it appears now as a top-notch action production with great pace and gusto, having the necessary elements of tension and drive, with an excellent score and lush photography.
Underrated tale of men trying to build media and communications in secret, with good Fritz Lang direction.
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