Kings Go Forth (1958) - Rotten Tomatoes

Kings Go Forth (1958)

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Adapted by Merle Miller from the novel by Joe David Brown, Kings Go Forth stars Frank Sinatra and Tony Curtis as, respectively, a tough army lieutenant and a cocky radio operator. Serving in Southern France during World War II, Sinatra and Curtis vie for the affections of mademoiselle Natalie Wood. Upon learning that Wood's father was black, both men succumb to their inbred prejudices. Sinatra manages to overcome his latent bigotry, but Curtis does not. In fact, he's so vocal in his race hatred that audiences are virtually cheering for his inevitable demise. After the war, Sinatra, who has lost an arm in combat, relocates Wood. The film ends ambiguously, possibly because miscegenation was still a touchy topic amongst Hollywood censors. Kings Go Forth was universally popular - except, perhaps, with those ex-GIs who were still resentful that Frank Sinatra had in real life been spared wartime service due to a questionable physical ailment.

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Cast

Frank Sinatra
as 1st Lt. Sam Loggins
Tony Curtis
as Cpl. Britt Harris
Natalie Wood
as Monique Blair
Leora Dana
as Mrs. Blair
Karl Swenson
as Colonel
Ann Codee
as Mme. Brieux
Eddie Ryder
as Cpl. Lindsay
Jackie Berthe
as Jean Francoise
Marie Isnard
as Old Woman with Wine
Pete Candoli
as Trumpet
Red Norvo
as Vibraphone
Mel Lewis
as Drums
Richie Kamuca
as Tenor Sax
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The wartime material is fairly standard (if well-executed), but the simmering theme of racism is honestly handled, and Sinatra is excellent.

January 16, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Creative Loafing

Unconvincing World War II tale that mixes war and a soap opera war romance.

June 15, 2010 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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