Big Jim McLain (1952)
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as Jim McLain
as Nancy Vallon
as Mal Baxter
as Dr. Gelster
as Edwin White
as Robert Henried
as Lt. Cmdr. Clint Grey
as Mrs. Lexiter
as Mrs. Nomaka
as Honolulu Chief of Police Dan Liu
as Mr. Lexiter (uncredited)
as Phil Briggs (as Red McQueen)
as Mr. Nash
as McLain's Superior
Critic Reviews for Big Jim McLain
Pathetic anti-Communist propaganda film with a snarling John Wayne at his ugliest as a macho windbag special agent for HUAC.
The name of Wayne's special agent for the HUAAC had the same initials as those of Senator Joseph McCarthy, which was not a coincidence, and Wayne himself believed that his popular propagandistic film helped McCarthy's reelection campaign.
Audience Reviews for Big Jim McLain
Big Jim McLain features one of John Wayne's best walk-through; he looks a little sheepish, but he's so amiable you forget he's really not in character. The drama at hand is tidied up rather quickly, yet the film is directed with a steady hand and has an easy-going pace. The black-and-white cinematography is quite beautiful, with silvery shots of the tropics in all their '50s splendor.
Seeks to glorify the loathsome Joe McCarthy and his venal lot. Wayne was a well known ultra conservative so his presence here is no surprise but that this thing exists at all is a shame.
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