I Want You (1951)





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Upon beginning production on his Korean-war drama I Want You, producer Sam Goldwyn lamented "I've just brought those boys back from the war, and now I have to send them out again!" Goldwyn, of course, was referring to his Oscar-winning "homecoming" drama Best Years of Our Lives. He'd hoped that I Want You would be 1951's "answer" to that post-WW II classic, and while the later film falls short of that goal, it still has much to recommend it. The scene is a small town in the Eastern United States, where the outbreak of hostilities in Korea has a profound effect on several people. WW II veteran Martin Greer (Dana Andrews) wants to re-enlist, much to the dismay of his wife Nancy (Dorothy McGuire). Draftee Jack Greer (Farley Granger) fears that his military service will permanently shelve his plans to marry Carrie Turner (Peggy Dow). Jack's mother Sarah (Mildred Dunnock), having already lost one son in the war, resents the pro-American jingoism of her husband Thomas (Robert Keith). And George Kress, Jr. (Martin Milner) must contend with his possessive father George Kress, Sr. (Walter S. Baldwin), who'll do anything to keep his son out of uniform (Incidentally, both Dana Andrews and Walter S. Baldwin had previously appeared in Best Years of Our Lives). Screenwriter Irwin Shaw adapted I Want You from a series of human-interest articles by Edward Newhouse, which first appeared in The New Yorker.
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Dorothy McGuire
as Nancy Greer
Jim Backus
as Harvey Landrum
Farley Granger
as Jack Greer
Ray Collins
as Judge Jonathan Turner
Erik Nielsen
as Tony Greer
Dana Andrews
as Martin Greer
Martin Milner
as George Kress Jr.
Paul L. Smith
as Draftee
Robert Keith
as Thomas Greer
Mildred Dunnock
as Sarah Greer
Harry Lauter
as Art Stacey
Peggy Dow
as Carrie Turner
Paul Smith
as Draftee
Walter Sande
as Ned Iversen
Charles Marsh
as Mr. Jones
James Adamson
as Train Porter
David McMahon
as Taxi Driver
Frank Sully
as Bartender
Peggy Maley
as Gladys
Jean Andren
as Secretary
Marjorie Crossland
as Mrs. Celia Turner
Lee Turnbull
as Fat Boy
Bobby Johnson
as Porter
Walter S. Baldwin
as George Kress, Sr.
Rolland Morris
as Sergeant
James Ogg
as Soldier
Dee Carroll
as Woman
Ralph Brooks
as Albert
Carol Savage
as Caroline Krupka
Don Hayden
as Another Candidate
Ann Robin
as Gloria
Jerrilyn Flannery
as Anne Greer
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Takes its title from a recruiting poster, which should tell you where we're going with this pic.

Full Review… | February 20, 2007
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