I didn't like how short-lived and out of the place the screwball type comedy was in the beginning and how the movie suddenly becomes a musical. But its worth watching to see Dennis Morgan and Ann Sheridan preform musical numbers, and wow! I liked how the ending was instantly brightened in technicolor to enhance the finale song.
To be honest, the acting is not great, but this still remains an exciting technicolor adventure film with an excellent cast including Universal International's new (at the time) radiant red-headed star Piper Laurie. And of course Rock Hudson, George Macready, and Gene Evans are featured, but unfortunately in "brown face". This movie also includes an uncredited appearance by a young Anita Ekberg! Her one bit of dialogue in the movie was actually dubbed due to the fact she couldn't yet speak good English. George Macready's acting in this films seems a little bit forced and overly passionate. Rock Hudson is great though, as he always was in these early adventure films Universal International put out during the 50's.
An excellent action packed story about the Seminole rebellion of the 1840's brightened in technicolor! Sure its a low budget movie and it shows throughout the fake Spanish moss and quicksand, but the color of the jungle setting along with the uniforms and warpaint is enhanced significantly! And what a cast! Rock Hudson, Anthony Quinn, and Barbara Hale are the lead stars, but an unknown (at the time) Lee Marvin also appears in this film. And to the Gilligan's Island fans, Russell Johnson (aka the professor) has a small role in the movie. This movie contains an unusually sympathetic tone towards the Seminole Indians; ultimately the capture of their land is presented as pointless and the commander in charge of the destruction of the Seminole is depicted as a mentally ill, racist, run-by-the-book major. The movie concludes with a hopeful attitude of peace between the army and the Seminole.
When I saw that this film was in color I knew it must be a high-budget film considering how scarce color movies were during the early 40's. Therefore I expected a high-budget plot to go with it. It contained a few wholesome, romantic highlights, but the unexpected dramatic death scene at the end of the movie just didn't fit with the overall bland comedy/romance mood of the film.
Another great anti-war movie from RKO. Today a film like this can easily be misinterpreted; this is an anti-war film NOT a comedy. It requires a deep understanding of the way the second world war effected the home front in order to fully appreciate this masterpiece.
Dana Andrews was horribly mis-cast as the jobless tramp. It's like the only real effort put into this film was all towards Linda Darnell regarding her role in this movie. The film does include some creative opening titles.
Don't expect a sophisticated, highly talented musical, but instead a delightfully fun and colorful comedy/musical with a little bit of spice. Really one of the funniest things about this movie is that a Hays Code approved burlesque is presented as so shockingly scandalous.
This is not your stereotypical western; I've never seen a western movie that is so effectively and artistically dramatic! Yes, its a black and white movie, but it is filmed in stunning, enhancing cinemascope! Samuel Fuller used the cinematography perfectly in this movie to display a dark and dreary tone.
Robert Ryan's early years at RKO were the best, and as a result he starred in some quality film-noirs like "Berlin Express". If you're looking for an action packed movie, this probably isn't the best choice; its more in the nature of being filled with mystery and very effective shadowed cinematography (a key ingredient in film-noirs). I think this film really carries a heavy message; a good portion of the movie shows the ruins of Berlin after the war along with narration as to emphasize the damage that America inflicted on it. Furthermore, the fact that random people of different races (French, Russian, American, and British) on the train work peacefully together is quite symbolic.
This movie is really quite unique for its time; few movies during this era were actually shot on location. Most of the movie is filmed in St. Augustine and it looks BEAUTIFUL in technicolor! This Warner Bros-made adventure film is packed with intense action scenes which were the first in movie history to include the Wilhelm scream stock recording which was later used in over 400 films including the Star Wars movies. This film includes the only significant lead role in Mari Aldon's very short-lived career; honestly I don't understand why because I thought she was definitely acceptable as the leading lady in this movie. But perhaps the most significantly different feature of this movie is the fact that REAL Seminole Indians were cast in the movie; no "Brown Face"!
One of the many grand biblical films that 20th Century Fox made during the 50's. The movie contains a very well-constructed plot with the end very effectively reflecting the beginning of the movie. Really, the only complaint that I have about this film is the way that the illness of Peter is presented; the movie just doesn't dwell on it long enough for anyone watching the film to really grasp the drama of the situation.
Another colorful, extravagant, and spicy RKO adventure film that pushed the limits of the Hays Code! This movie came from that era when Howard Hughes practically owned RKO studios. So even though he may not have directed or produced this film, his influence is still very present; most obviously in Linda Darnell's costumes. Robert Newton, the only actor Hollywood saw fit to play a pirate, once again gives a convincing performance as Blackbeard.