War Films : What War films have you seen? Jan/Feb/Mar/Apr - 2016 Edition.

Re: Mystery Sea Raider- 1940 Early Edward Dmytryk

Mystery Sea Raider (1940)

Landis headlines? Hmm, interesting.



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Re: Mystery Sea Raider- 1940 Early Edward Dmytryk

She does make for a couple of "outstanding" points!

Re: Mystery Sea Raider- 1940 Early Edward Dmytryk

sounds like a 1951 Ford..a 'twin spinner"...

Re: Mystery Sea Raider- 1940 Early Edward Dmytryk

Miss Landis has curves in all the right places!

Kato Hayabusa Sento-Tai 1944 Air War over Burma

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Kato Hayabusa Sento-Tai 1944

This is a wartime flag waver made by the Japanese about the wartime exploits of Japanese Army Air Force officer, Tateo Kato. The film follows Kato (Susmua Fujita) as he joins the elite 64th Sentai (Fighter Group) of the Japanese Army Air Force. The film is set just before the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec 7th 1941.

The film shows Sino-Japanese War veteran Kato leading the group on the first raids against the British in Malaya. The 64th mows down the opposing Brewster Buffalo fighters and out of date Wildebeest torpedo bombers flown by the British RAF. After a few weeks of this, the group is then assigned to escort paratroop transport aircraft in the capture of the oilfields on Borneo.

Again the group is successful with minimum losses. After helping with the conquering of the Dutch East Indies, the 64th is then transferred to Burma. Here, the group clashes with Hawker Hurricanes of the RAF as well as P-40s of the Flying Tigers unit.

The film shows how the unit led by Kato deals with the mounting losses. The unit battles on overcoming the opposing Allied forces as well as a lack of replacements, and a host of jungle diseases etc. It is now well into 1942 and the Allied Air Forces are becoming a tougher opponent. The RAF is becoming quite good at hit and run bombing raids on the Japanese airfields. This forces Kato to keep standing patrols of fighters at the ready.

It is after one of these raids that the unit commander, Kato, is shot down over the sea while pursuing several Blenheim bombers. Kato was credited with at least 18 victories at the time of his death on May 22 1942. The 64th was credited as a whole with 260 plus kills with only 40 losses during Kato's tenure as commander.

This Toho production is quite well made with plenty of well mounted combat scenes and superb model work. The use of real KI-43 Hayabusa fighters is a must see for ww2 aircraft buffs. The production also has several captured P-40s being used in the various dogfight actions.

The KI-43 (Peregrine Falcon) (Allied code name: Oscar) was probably the most manoeuvrable fighter flown by either side in the war. It could even out turn the better known ZERO fighter of the Japanese Navy. It was however lightly built and under gunned compared to Allied aircraft. The Allies soon learned to use their better speed and armament to advantage and avoid engaging in dogfights with the "Oscar".

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Kato hayabusa sento-tai (1944)

Good stuff for 44, cheers Gord

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Re: Kato Hayabusa Sento-Tai 1944 Air War over Burma

just glanced over this...looks very good.

about the only way to see an older war movie with remotely authentic Japanese planes, is an actual WW2-era Japanese made one.

Re: Kato Hayabusa Sento-Tai 1944 Air War over Burma

Yes, there is a nice print with English subs on you tube. I love seeing the actual ww2 aircraft.

War Tv: THE SILENT SERVICE "The Ordeal of the S-38"1957

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THE SILENT SERVICE "The Ordeal of the S-38"1957

This is the 15th episode of the U.S. war series, "The Silent Service". The series was about the exploits of the U.S. Navy's submarine fleet. Each episode is a stand-alone tale of the actions of a particular submarine. Most of the stories are about actions against the Japanese Navy and merchant fleet in the Pacific. There is also the odd tale from the Korean conflict. The series ran for 78 episodes during 1957 and 1958. The stories were all based on actual events. Some pretty good attention to detail here with the U.S Navy allowing filming on several WW 2 era Gato class subs.

Each episode started and ended with retired Real Admiral Thomas M. Dykers giving a breakdown of the action. Dykers became a writer, producer and technical adviser after leaving the service. He worked on films such as, TORPEDO ALLEY, FLAT TOP, THE FROGMEN, HELL AND HIGH WATER and SUBMARINE COMMAND.

This episode is about the U.S.S. submarine,"S-38". It is the day after Pearl Harbor and the "S-38", an old World War One submarine based in the Philippines, is sent out on patrol. The submarine's Captain, Larry Dobkin plans on sneaking over a reef at high tide and attacking a group of Japanese troopship invading the islands.

He closes in and fires off a full spread. The "S-38" fails to get any hits. (Torpedoes of the early war period were terribly unreliable) The misses though do draw the attention of the Japanese destroyer escorts. The submarine and crew are soon on the wrong end of a depth charge barrage. The "S-38" later comes up and again fires off a spread of fish. This time they are lucky and they sink a cargo ship. It is now a return to the bottom and another round of depth charges.

The attack and the grounding have caused a fair amount of damage, including a bent propeller. The Captain decides to continue the patrol but bad luck dogs the submarine. A battery explodes starting a fire and badly burning a man. The "S-38" limps along on one propeller coming under attack by several more Japanese ships. She just barely makes port for some quick repairs before heading to Australia.

The "S-38" was considered a rather unlucky ship with many mechanical problems popping up during her wartime patrols. These would cause the ship to return early from most wartime patrols. The ship was finally decommissioned in 1944 and expended as an aircraft target in Feb 1945.

Also in the cast are, Dean Fredericks, Don Keefer, Mike Connors and Bobby Driscoll. Former child star Driscoll is best known for his turns in the adventure film, TREASURE ISLAND and the solid film noir, THE WINDOW.

DANGER WITHIN

only 20 mins in, well-made, good cast, but I ROFL laughing at the

"Advance!! Like Italians!!"

sight-gag....



DANGER WITHIN
(REPEAT)

10am - 12.05pm9Gem
A drama set in an Italian prisoner of war camp during World War II, where a group of British soldiers find their plans for escape thwarted by a mysterious traitor in their midst.

WAR | UK | ENGLISH | 1959
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Richard Todd, Richard Attenborough, Bernard Lee, Michael Wilding

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I think I've seen this is childhood, an escape from an Italian POW camp, it is probably the one where they rig up a fake applause-machine to keep clapping during a prisoners entertainment show.

Re: DANGER WITHIN

Good POW film.

Re: War Tv: THE SILENT SERVICE "The Ordeal of the S-38"1957

The Silent Service (1957) - The Ordeal of S-38 (1957)

It's the Jonah!

As always, thanks fella

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Re: War Tv: THE SILENT SERVICE "The Ordeal of the S-38"1957

You are most welcome. I enjoy looking into the history of the ships years after the series aired.

U47 : KAPITANLEUTNANT PRIEN 1958

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U47 – KAPITANLEUTNANT PRIEN 1958

This war film is about the Captain of U-47 of the German Navy in WW2. The man, Gunther Prien, became an instant hero of the Reich when he took his submarine into the British naval base at Scapa Flow, and sank the Royal Navy battleship, ROYAL OAK.

The German film follows Prien and his crew as they are "asked" to volunteer for the difficult task of sneaking into the heavily defended anchorage of Scapa Flow. Scapa Flow was a major target for the German Navy. Not only was it a major base, it was the site of the surrender of the German High Seas Fleet at the end of World War One. Quite a few of the surrendered battleships were later scuttled by their crews rather than let the British have them.

The submarine, U-47, manages to find a way in past several block ships and over an old anti-submarine net. They sneak up to torpedo range of the battleship ROYAL OAK. They fire several torpedoes that fail to hit the stationary target. They do a quick reload and fire another round of torpedoes. These hit home causing the ROYAL OAK to rollover and sink taking 800 plus crewmen with her.

Prien then threaded his command back out and into the safety of the North Sea. It is now back to Germany and a heroes welcome.

The film now bogs down with too much domestic play about Prien's wife and family. There is the odd comical bit thrown in about the not stop parties the crew has to celebrate their U-boat's success. For some reason the writers throw in a bit about Prien helping rescue folks from the camps.

The film then returns to sea and combat. There is plenty of good wartime footage showing various ships sinking etc. Then a rather far fetched idea of how Prien and his sub were lost in March 1941. U-47 was a very successful ship, which between the war's start and its loss, sank 31 ships totalling close to 200,000 tons. It is not known exactly when or where U-47 was lost.

The cast is made up of, Dieter Eppler, Joachim Fuchsberger, Harold Juhnke, Richard Haussler and Sabine Sesselmann. The director, Harald Reniel was best known as the director of the documentary, CHARIOTS OF THE GODS about u.f.o.'s visiting earth.

While the action scenes are while handled, the film seems much longer than it is. This is because of the film being padded out with family and political nonsense that adds nothing to the production. There is just too much fiction mixed in with the historical facts.

Re: U47 : KAPITANLEUTNANT PRIEN 1958

U47 - Kapitänleutnant Prien (1958)

Bit of a padder then! Thanks for the read anyhoo.

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War Tv: "The U.S.S. Seahorse Story"1957

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THE SILENT SERVICE "The U.S.S. Seahorse Story"1957

This is the 16th episode of the U.S. war series, "The Silent Service". The series was about the exploits of the U.S. Navy's submarine fleet. Each episode is a stand-alone tale of the actions of a particular submarine. Most of the stories are about actions against the Japanese Navy and merchant fleet in the Pacific. There is also the odd tale from the Korean conflict. The series ran for 78 episodes during 1957 and 1958. The stories were all based on actual events. Some pretty good attention to detail here with the U.S Navy allowing filming on several WW 2 era Gato class subs.

Each episode started and ended with retired Real Admiral Thomas M. Dykers giving a breakdown of the action. Dykers became a writer, producer and technical adviser after leaving the service. He worked on films such as, TORPEDO ALLEY, FLAT TOP, THE FROGMEN, HELL AND HIGH WATER and SUBMARINE COMMAND.

This episode is about the U.S.S. submarine, "Seahorse". It is March 1945 and the "Seahorse" has been sent out on her seventh wartime patrol. She has been assigned to chart a Japanese minefield situated in the Tsushima Strait between Japan and Korea. The "Seahorse" has been equipped with a top secret mine detector to help with the work.

The mission is going rather well till the "Seahorse" decides to tackle several Japanese patrol craft in a surface gunnery duel. The submarine is damaged and submerges to escape. The Japanese whistle up help and soon the "Seahorse" is on the receiving end of a barrage of depth charges. The boat is badly damaged with most of the ships instruments destroyed.

After a day of this rough treatment, the Japanese move off. The submarine manages to surface and make some makeshift repairs. It is time to call the mission a bust and they set sail for the base on Guam.

The "Seahorse" sank an even dozen Japanese ships including a Japanese submarine. The "Seahorse" survived the war and was placed in Reserve in 1946. The ship was finally disposed of in 1967 and scrapped the following year.

Look close and you will see a young Stuart Whitman with a small speaking part.

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The Silent Service (1957) - The U.S.S. Seahorse Story (1957)

I love that they kept some of these in reserve, instead of retiring them as lame pit ponies the minute the war was over.

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War Tv NAVY LOG : "The Pollywog of Yosu"1955

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NAVY LOG : "The Pollywog of Yosu"1955

NAVY LOG was a series that ran from 1956 to 1958. It was an anthology series based on real stories and exploits of the U.S. Navy during WW2, The Korean War and the then current, Cold War. The series ran for a total of 102 episodes. The series features plenty of just unclassified footage of various naval actions etc. The Navy was more than happy to help with tech and film footage.

This particular episode is the 13th of season one.

The episode starts out in Japan in August 1950. A team of Navy frogmen are called in by an Admiral and given a secret mission. The six men, Jimmy Murphy, Britt Lomond, Alan Wells, Patrick Waltz, Tom Laughlin and Alan Hale Jr are to be landed behind North Korean lines. Once ashore, they are to use their demolition skills to destroy a railway tunnel. The Reds are using the tunnel to move supplies to their troops.

The men land at night and make their way to the target. They have just finished planting the explosives when a North Korean patrol spots them. They open fire wounding the officer in charge, Patrick Waltz. Alan Hale Jr rushes in to pull the officer to safety. He then sets off the explosives while the rest of the detail wipes out the North Korean patrol.

The men haul the officer back to the beach while seaman Murphy, digs Hale Jr out of the rubble. Murphy then carries the wounded man back to the beach. The men then paddle their boat back out to sea to be picked up.

They are then picked up and returned to Japan. Murphy and Hale are both put up for medals. The Pollywog of the title refers to Jimmy Murphy. Murphy is a good foot and a half shorter than the rest of the detail.

The director is low rent b-film helmsman, Jean Yarbrough. The director of photography was another big screen vet, Lester White. White handled the cinematography of films such as, INVISIBLE AGENT, SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE SECRET WEAPON, THE FULLER BRUSH MAN, THE 49th MAN and THE STRANGER WORE A GUN.

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Navy Log (1955) - The Pollywog of Yosu (1955)

First review, well done fella

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Operation Bullshine (1959)

6/10


*** This review may contain spoilers ***

For Easter I started looking round for easy-going movies to view over the holidays,and I remember a fun War Comedy that I've been meaning to watch again for a while,which led to me getting ready to see the girls go on parade.

The plot:

Working on an all-women ATS unit, Lt. Gordon Brown (not the future Prime Minister!) keeps the fact that he is married secret,so that he can join Major Pym in chasing after the soldiers affections.During a training session, Gordon Brown discovers that his wife Pvt. Betty Brown has moved to the unit,which leads to Gordon having to battle the enemy,and battle to stop Betty meeting his lover.

View on the film:

For one of the biggest hits at the UK box office in 1959,Network aim for approval from the top brass,with the clear audio being joined by a clean transfer which brings out the shine of the military green.

Following on the war path of the surprise success of Carry on Sergeant from the previous year,the screenplay by co-writer/(along with Anne Burnaby & Rupert Lang)director Gilbert Gunn trims most of the raunchy elements for playful,snappy wordplay,as Brown and Betty try to keep their relationship under guard.Joined by a wonderfully brittle Dora Bryan and a jumpy Peter Jones, Donald Sinden and Barbara Murray give very good performances as Gordon and Betty Brown,thanks to Sinden's attempts to be a straight-lace gentlemen solider being undone by the sharp eyes Murray gives Betty,as the women shine in their operation.

Re: Operation Bullshine (1959)

Thanks for the heads up on this one. On the list it goes. Tick has been applied.

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Operation Bullshine (1959)

Blimey, you dug one up here! I love Dora Bryan. Reads as fun enough without high expectations, thanks for bringing it to the table.

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Re: Operation Bullshine (1959)

Thanks Spike,and today I got an E-Mail from Network (who do free postage) letting me know that they are having a 40% off sale on all their TV shows/movies this week:

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War TV "Ghost Bomber: The Lady Be Good" 1960

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ARMSTRONG CIRCLE THEATRE "Ghost Bomber: The Lady Be Good" 1960

ARMSTRONG CIRCLE THEATRE was an American anthology series that was broadcast for 406 episodes between 1950 and 1963. The first five seasons had a 30 minute runtime with the remaining seasons clocking in at an hour. Quite a few up and coming actors received their starts on the series. These would include, Grace Kelly, Lee Remick, Jack Lemmon, Martin Sheen, Paul Newman, Robert Duvall and many others.

This episode from 1960 is about the discovery of a U.S. Air Force B-24 bomber in the Libyan Desert in 1959. The B-24, "The Lady Be Good" had been missing since April 5th 1943. It had been part of a bombing mission with the 376th Bomber Group attacking Naples from an airbase at Soluch Libya.

The episode, part documentary, part drama, tells the story of what is believed to have happened during the mission, the bomber's first. The story starts with the crew, led by pilot, William Hatton (played by Conrad Fowkes) being briefed on the mission. The crew is part of a group of 25 aircraft sent to bomb the docks at Naples.

The mission is a bust with most of the aircraft turning back with assorted engine problems etc. Only 4 out of the original 25 make it to Naples and it is too dark to pick out the targets. The ships head back to North Africa where 3 of the bombers make safe landings, but "The Lady Be Good" is not one of them.

Several hours later the base receives a radio call asking for a direction bearing. The bearing is broadcast and the aircraft acknowledges. That is the last that is heard from the aircraft.

The episode now changes to straight up documentary style. Various U.S. Air Force types explain how the aircraft was found 16 years later, 470 miles south of Soluch Airbase by men exploring for oil. The Air Force flies out in a C-47 to inspect the wreck.

Although the plane was broken into two pieces, it was well preserved by the dry desert air. The machine guns were functioning, the radio worked and there were supplies of food and water on board. There were no bodies in or around the aircraft, so it was assumed that the crew had bailed out sometime before the crash.

The Air Force figured that the aircraft had over flown the base and continued on the radio bearing they had been given. The Air Force started a ground search that turned up discarded flight boots as well as several parachutes laid out like an arrow. These all pointed north toward the sea. It is assumed that the crew set off on foot not knowing they were 500 miles from the coast.

Several months after this episode aired, the remains of the crew were discovered in a line towards the coast. A diary recovered from one of the remains recorded the crew's suffering on their trek north. It also indicated that the crew were unaware they had been flying over land when they bailed out.

The cast includes, Conrad Fowkes, Don Gantry, George Segal and Nicholas Pryor. The director was long-time television man, William Corrigan. Elements of the story were used for the 1970 television film, SOLE SURVIVOR, starring Richard Basehart William Shatner and Vince Edwards.

Re: War TV "Ghost Bomber: The Lady Be Good" 1960

Armstrong Circle Theatre (1950) - Ghost Bomber: The Lady Be Good (1960)

Excellent, enjoyed that, top reviewing sir

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War Tv THE BLUE ANGELS "Walking the Blues" 1961 Cold War anyways

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THE BLUE ANGELS "Walking the Blues" 1961

THE BLUE ANGELS was an American syndicated series about the U.S. Navy's aerial exhibition team. The show follows the four man unit as it goes through training, active service and flying displays. The pilots are played by, Don Gordon, Morgan Jones, Michael Galloway and Warner Jones while their commanding officer is played by Dennis Cross. The series ran for a total of 39 episodes during 1960-61.

This episode is the 16th of the production run.

Pilots, Don Gordon, Michael Galloway and Warner Jones are being sent out on a desert survival course. They are given one canteen of water, a knife, a compass and a revolver. They are dropped in the middle of nowhere, given a compass heading and told to hike it the 50 miles back to civilization.

Matters quickly go sour when one of the men, Jones, twists an ankle. They bind up the ankle as best they can and continue. Then pilot Gordon has the misfortune of tripping over a cactus. This requires more first aid before the group can continue.

The three men come up on an abandoned airfield and assume they are lost as there was no mention of an airfield in the briefing. They look around the tumble down hanger for something useful. What they find is a radio with Eastern Bloc type dials etc. What the hell is that doing out here? Their questions are soon answered when two men with automatics step out of the shadows. The two men, Stewart Bradley and Bobby Hoy, disarm the pilots and begin querying them about how they ended up at the abandoned base. From the foreign accents and the radio the pilots figure they are Soviet spies. Needless to say they clam up and refuse to talk.

The two suspected spy types then work over the three pilots leaving more than a few bruises. The pilots are nearing the end of their tether from heat exhaustion and lack of water. They are tied up and tossed in a corner of the empty hanger.

One of the men manages to get free and jumps one of the spies. There is a quick dust-up with all three pilots piling on. They grab the man's gun and start firing. The weapon though turns out to be loaded with blanks. An U.S. Airforce plane now lands outside and their commanding officer, Dennis Cross exits.

It seems the whole thing was a test by the Air Force to see how the men could withstand torture and enemy questioning. The three pilots are flown back home and debriefed by an Air Force psychologist. The three pilots are not amused with the test, but now understand why it was done.

The episode was written, directed and produced by Sam Gallu.

This was the first episode of the series that I have found. It is an interesting bit of "Red Scare" era television. I still recall as a kid in first and second grade doing the "duck and cover" drills.

Interesting how often Bobby Hoy shows up in various small television and film roles. The stuntman, turned actor had bits in over 200 films and TV episodes. These include bits in, THE DEVIL'S DOORWAY, SPARTACUS, RIVER OF NO RETURN, TO HELL AND BACK, NORTH BY NORTHWEST, THE MOLE PEOPLE and THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES.

Re: War Tv THE BLUE ANGELS "Walking the Blues" 1961 Cold War anyways

The Blue Angels (1960) - Walkin' the Blues (1961)

Red Scare! No sign of the pilot I spose?

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Re: War Tv THE BLUE ANGELS "Walking the Blues" 1961 Cold War anyways

Still looking for episode #1

Re: War Tv THE BLUE ANGELS "Walking the Blues" 1961 Cold War anyways

One of the forgotten shows for sure, but I recall it, unlike that 'silent service" series..

what is this, that I encountered yesterday?

are they VC, Vietnamese -made series on VC?
too bad there are no titles on it..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtvBYZa3ngA&nohtml5=False

I have this guy's channel bookmarked, because originally, it was he that I found hosting that elusive late-80s US TV series on Vietnam War...he had it, still has I think. I think guy is Japanese.Has lots of weird stuff on his channel.

L'ennemi intime (2007)

Gordon

L'ennemi intime (2007)



The war they tried to ignore!

L'ennemi intime (Intimate Enemies) is a raw picture looking at French conscripts during the Algeria War. It was a war that was fought for 8 years between 1954-1962, it was also a war that France failed to even acknowledged had existed until over three decades later. Pic picks up the thread in 1959 and the focal point is the relationship between Lieutenant Terrien (Benoît Magimel) and Sergent Dougnac (Albert Dupontel). The former is the new guy, idealistic, while the latter is the grizzled and battled scarred veteran.

The Barbarian Hordes.

With the French locked in battle against the Algerian rebels, the film runs the protagonists through the psychological mangler. The horrors of war are born out, with both sides of the conflict depicted with a barbarity that's harrowing in nature. As the pic progresses you can see Terrien being worn down by what he observes, the key being he is losing his idealistic heart. Moral dilemmas are deftly inserted into the screenplay, but disappointingly the political thrum that was driving the conflict is given short shrift.

From an action stand point director and co-writer Florent-Emilio Siri strikes hard, with two particular sequences - one a field of fleeing soldiers and the finale involving air-strikes - outstanding in construction. Siri also knows when to tighten the emotional noose, bringing to us poignant scenes that leave a lump in the throat. Giovanni Fiore Coltellacci's cinematography is also to be applauded, muted colours mingle with stark framing compositions to really give the sense of realism that the screenplay demands and deserves.

Aside from the lack of political basis (we need to know more about this war), the only other real problems with the piece is the conventionality, and that it inevitably is filled with war film stereotypes. However, this is very good film making and the makers bring the story to vivid life, always remaining fascinating and certainly unforgettable. 8/10


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Re: L'ennemi intime (2007)

I knew you would like this which is why I sent it. Best French War film I've seen to date. (Not that I have seen that many) This and 317th Platoon are my top two.

STUKAS 1941

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STUKAS 1941

There are two ways to take this 1941 German production. First would be as a overt propaganda film with action thrown in, or as a war film with dollops of propaganda between the war scenes.

The film follows the actions of a Stuka Gruppe (36 to 48 aircraft) during the invasion of France in 1940. The early days of the offensive are wildly successful with target after target being destroyed. It all seems like great fun for the airmen as they hardly see any French or English fighters.

This all changes the closer the fight gets to the coast, as the Gruppe experiences its first losses of aircraft and personal. The Stuka unit ends up flying multiple sorties a day as the Army asks for air support. The Stukas are called up to save the day when a French armoured counterattack comes close to breaking through.

The unit experiences more losses as aircraft maintenance and personal fatigue start to take their toll. Several pilots and aircrew are shot down and captured, while others try to evade the enemy and head toward the German lines. There is now a bit where the Stukas get involved in free for all with British Hurricane fighters. (Early Me 109 B models painted up in British colours) One of the side plots has a captured German pilot convincing his French captors to surrender to him. There is another bit with a wounded pilot in a Berlin Hospital suffering from a bad case of shell-shock. The unit commander also gets wounded and is laid up for a while. The action comes to an end after the assault on the ships evacuating the troops from Dunkirk, and the surrender of France.

The action scenes are quite well handled with good combat footage worked in with fine model work. There is plenty of captured French equipment on display throughout the film. Several dozen French tanks are used to good effect during the depiction of the armoured counterattack. There are also plenty of Junkers 87 Stukas on display. A must see for WW2 aircraft buffs.

While some will find the Nazi propaganda a bit much, the production as a whole is a quite watchable war film. It is really no different than the flag wavers put out by all the countries, Allied, or Axis that were involved in the conflict. If you have ever seen a Soviet era war film, you know of which I speak.

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Stukas (1941)

Propaganda for sure, but I can see that anyone interested in WWII would find this of interest.




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War Tv "The Salmon Swims Upstream"1957

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THE SILENT SERVICE "The Salmon Swims Upstream"1957

This is the 17th episode of the U.S. war series, "The Silent Service". The series was about the exploits of the U.S. Navy's submarine fleet. Each episode is a stand-alone tale of the actions of a particular submarine. Most of the stories are about actions against the Japanese Navy and merchant fleet in the Pacific. There is also the odd tale from the Korean conflict. The series ran for 78 episodes during 1957 and 1958. The stories were all based on actual events. Some pretty good attention to detail here with the U.S Navy allowing filming on several WW 2 era Gato class subs.

Each episode started and ended with retired Real Admiral Thomas M. Dykers giving a breakdown of the action. Dykers became a writer, producer and technical adviser after leaving the service. He worked on films such as, TORPEDO ALLEY, FLAT TOP, THE FROGMEN, HELL AND HIGH WATER and SUBMARINE COMMAND.

This episode is about the U.S.S. submarine, "Salmon". It is October 1944 and the "Salmon" has been sent out to patrol off the coast of Japan. She is part of a wolf pack looking for Japanese ships. She is soon involved in a fracas with a small Japanese convoy. After one of the other wolf pack submarines torpedoes and damages a Japanese cargo ship, "Salmon" moves in for the kill.

This draws a quick response from the Japanese escort ships. The "Salmon" undergoes a severe round of depth charges. The attack badly damages the submarine destroying some much needed equipment. The "Salmon" is given several more depth charge barrages and it looks like the jig is up for the ship and crew.

The Japanese escorts however move off allowing the "Salmon" time to emergency surface. The ship though, is dead in the water unable to start their diesel engines without some repairs. As luck would have it, the "Salmon" is hidden from the Japanese by a rain squall. The gun crews stand by in case they are needed, while the engine crew work as fast as they can to effect repairs.

One of the Japanese escorts spots the "Salmon" and moves in. There is a quick exchange of shells between the escort and the submarine. The "Salmon" gets in a couple of well-placed shots with their 5in gun. The engine room calls up that they can now start the engines.

The "Salmon" of course heads back to base as fast as the battered vessel will go.

The cast includes, James Dobson, Harry Landers, Don Haggerty and Tom (Billy Jack) Laughlin.

The "Salmon" was so damaged that she was sent directly back to the States for repairs. The ship though was deemed a constructive loss due to the heavy damage. She was scrapped in 1946. The "Salmon" completed eleven wartime patrols sinking at least 4 Ships and damaged another 6.

Re: War Tv "The Salmon Swims Upstream"1957

The Silent Service (1957) - The Salmon Swims Upstream (1957)

A close shave!

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War Tv .NAVY LOG : "Nightmare off Brooklyn"1957

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NAVY LOG : "Nightmare off Brooklyn"1957

NAVY LOG was a series that ran from 1956 to 1958. It was an anthology series based on real stories and exploits of the U.S. Navy during WW2, The Korean War and the then current, Cold War. The series ran for a total of 102 episodes. The series features plenty of just unclassified footage of various naval actions etc. The Navy was more than happy to help with tech and film footage.

This particular episode is the 29th of season two.

The episode starts out in in a bar in New York. Seaman Stanley Clements has had a snoot full and is talking about his ship. Clements works with the new guided missile systems on-board the Navy's new cruisers. Sitting down the bar listening to every word is, Simon Scott. A Navy pal of Clements grabs him up and they both head back to their ship.

Scott pays for his drink and hits the phone booth for a quick call. He has some interesting info the "boss" can use. Next thing we see is Scott meeting with several other men with Slavic sounding names. Passwords and countersigns are exchanged before the men have a conference.

The men are going to board the guided missile ship and do a spot of sabotage. They pull out some real US Navy uniforms and head for the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Scott, dressed up like an officer soon has the officer of the day, George Cisar, convinced he is there on an inspection.

Cisar shows Scott to the wardroom while he goes to get the second in command, Deforest Kelly. The rest of the Slavic types board as ordinary seaman. Once Cisar has left to fetch Kelly, Scott hotfoots down into the ship looking for the missile storage compartment.

When Kelly can't find Scott, he senses there is something amiss here. The crew is soon on the hunt for Scott etc. Scott and his bunch are captured just outside the armaments storage. There are a few blows exchanged before the spy types are dragged in front of the ship's Captain, Robert Williams.

Now a high ranking officer from Fleet Headquarters shows on the scene. It seems that the whole thing was a test by the Navy to check on the ship's security.

Also in the cast are, Art Batanides, George Keymas, Scott Peters and Jerry Summers. Veteran low budget film and television helmsman, Jean Yarbrough directs. One time Oscar nominated Frank Phillips handles the cinematography duties.

Re: War Tv .NAVY LOG : "Nightmare off Brooklyn"1957

Navy Log (1955) - Nightmare Off Brooklyn (1957)

This had a good run, yet there's hardly any votes or reviews for it. I guess that comes down to availability over the years. Good work Gord.

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Re: War Tv .NAVY LOG : "Nightmare off Brooklyn"1957

I have about 20 of them on disc and have found 4 more on You-tube.

Diamonds of the Night (1964)

"I don't speak German." 7/10

** This review may contain spoilers ***

Talking to my dad about my plans to watch titles from Czech cinema during the Cold War for a month,I was happily caught by surprise when he revealed that he had recently picked up a Czech New Wave (CNW) movie. With it only having a 63 min running time,I decided it was time to uncover the diamonds of the night.

The plot:

Escaping from a train on the way to a Nazi concentration camp,two boys run into the woods.Trying to hide in the moonlight,the boys experience flashbacks from the horrors that they have seen the Nazis commit.Failing to stay hidden,the two boys are caught by a local shooting gang.

View on the film:

Going over the rugged terrain,Second Run gives the title a terrific transfer which retains the grain on the picture whilst offering a clarity to the central sound effects.

Following the boys in the woods with a frantic tracking shot,co- writer/(along with Arnost Lustig) director Jan Nemec delivers his debut with a full immense atmosphere,as Nemec and cinematographer Jaroslav Kucera keep an unreserved distance with jagged CNW panning shots to the boys which grip the war torn landscape in a documentary rawness. Tearing the exposition and dialogue in their adaptation of Lustig's autobiography to the bone, the writers grind the grain from the stark,almost silent images from the horrors of war with a chilling nightmare-logic unravelling of the fractured minds of the two boys,who shine like diamonds in the night.

Re: Diamonds of the Night (1964)

Thanks for the heads up on this one. Tick is on the way.

Re: Diamonds of the Night (1964)

Démanty noci (1964)

Good find mdf, reads as haunting, thanks for bringing it to our table.

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War Tv "Cargo for Crevalle" 1957

CONTAINS SPOILERS

THE SILENT SERVICE "Cargo for Crevalle" 1957

This is the 18th episode of the U.S. war series, "The Silent Service". The series was about the exploits of the U.S. Navy's submarine fleet. Each episode is a stand-alone tale of the actions of a particular submarine. Most of the stories are about actions against the Japanese Navy and merchant fleet in the Pacific. There is also the odd tale from the Korean conflict. The series ran for 78 episodes during 1957 and 1958. The stories were all based on actual events. Some pretty good attention to detail here with the U.S Navy allowing filming on several WW 2 era Gato class subs.

Each episode started and ended with retired Real Admiral Thomas M. Dykers giving a breakdown of the action. Dykers became a writer, producer and technical adviser after leaving the service. He worked on films such as, TORPEDO ALLEY, FLAT TOP, THE FROGMEN, HELL AND HIGH WATER and SUBMARINE COMMAND.

This episode is about the U.S.S. submarine, "Crevalle". It is March 1944 and the "Crevalle" has been sent to pick up a group of women and children off the island of Negros. They are also to pick up some important documents about Japanese defence plans.

The pickup is successful though there turns out to be 40 plus refugees instead of the 20 expected. The submarine's Captain, Craig (Peter Gunn) Stevens packs the women and children in like sardines. There is also a pregnant woman who is due any day. Helping things work smooth is an American missionary worker, Ann Doran.

While returning to Australia, the "Crevalle" is radioed to make an attack on a Japanese convoy. They are however spotted by the escorts and given a severe depth charge pounding. This needless to say scares the hell out of the civilians on board.

The submarine makes good its escape and docks in Darwin. The passengers are unloaded including the new baby born during the journey. Also in the cast is Jim (Dallas) Davis , Anthony Caruso and David Willock.

The "Crevalle" completed 7 wartime patrols sinking 6 enemy ships totalling 51,000 tons. The submarine served till 1962 before being scrapped in March 1971.

Re: War Tv "Cargo for Crevalle" 1957

The Silent Service (1957) - Cargo for Crevalle (1957)

As always fella,

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War TV THE BLUE ANGELS "The Lebanon Incident" 1960

CONTAINS SPOILERS

THE BLUE ANGELS "The Lebanon Incident" 1960

THE BLUE ANGELS was an American syndicated series about the U.S. Navy's aerial exhibition team. The show follows the four man unit as it goes through training, active service and flying displays. The pilots are played by, Don Gordon, Morgan Jones, Michael Galloway and Warner Jones while their commanding officer is played by Dennis Cross. The series ran for a total of 39 episodes during 1960-61.

This episode is the 11th of the production run.

The BLUE ANGELS unit is on active service with the Sixth Fleet in the Med. The Pentagon needs some quick recon shots of the Lebanon coast line and the ANGELS are up on the duty roster. Two of the pilots, Don Gordon and Dennis Cross are sent out to collect the photographs needed.

The carrier races to get as close to the coast as possible as they fuel up the aircraft and load the cameras. Gordon and Cross take off and roar to the coast at 30,000 feet. They dive down to just above sea level as they cross over the coast. It is then one long photo run and back to 30,000.

The mission has come off like clockwork so far. Needless to say their luck starts to go sour. Gordon's aircraft is burning more fuel than it should and he is getting low. The refuelling planes, flown by ANGELS Jones and Galloway are sent off to refuel Cross and Gordon.

While the refuelling of Cross comes off, the attempt to top up Gordon's craft fail. There is a bug in Gordon's electrical systems and he cannot take on fuel. To make matters worse, Gordon loses contact with the carrier. The boys lead Gordon back to the carrier and circle while Gordon makes an attempt to land. Gordon only has enough fuel for one try. He is successful and lands on fumes.

The next day the pilots are told that the photos were needed to help with the landing of U.S. Marines in Lebanon. The Lebanese Government had asked the American Government for help to protect Beirut and the airport. There was a bit of a civil war going on at the time.

The episode was directed by veteran b-film and television helmsman, Jean Yarbrough.

Re: War TV THE BLUE ANGELS "The Lebanon Incident" 1960

The Blue Angels (1960) - The Lebanon Incident (1960)

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BERLIN CORRESPONDENT 1942

CONTAINS SPOILERS

BERLIN CORRESPONDENT 1942

This 20th Century Fox film is another of the wartime flag wavers that flooded the theatres during World War Two. This stars, Dana Andrews, Virginia Gilmore, Mona Maris, Erwin Kaiser, Martin Kosleck, Sig Ruman and Henry Rowland.

It starts in November 1941, Andrews, an American radio correspondent, sends out valuable espionage information during his daily broadcasts from Berlin. This is annoying the Nazi types to no end. They want to know where he is getting this info and plug the leak.

Gestapo colonel Martin Kosleck (in another of his great Nazi roles) assigns his best agents to follow the man. Andrews though always manages to give the slip to his shadows. He then meets with his German contact for the German intelligence information.

Kosleck has finally reached the end of his tether with Andrews evading his tails. He assigns his girlfriend, Virginia Gilmore to keep tabs of the American. This she does rather quickly by posing as a woman in distress. Andrews, being ever so gallant, helps Gilmore cover a café bill. The smooth talking Yank soon has a date lined up with the pretty Gilmore. Of course the man has no idea this is all a plan laid out by Gestapo man, Kosleck.

Now the plot thickens as Andrews' underground contact turns out to be Miss Gilmore's father. The man, Erwin Kaiser, hates the Nazis and wants to help in their defeat. The info he gathers is from Gilmore who thinks it is all just table talk she got from boyfriend Kosleck.

Anyways, after a couple of dates with Andrews, Gilmore discovers that the information he receives is written in invisible ink on stamps. He buys these from a local shop where Kaiser happens to frequent. The Nazis raid the place and soon are pounding on Kaiser's and daughter Gilmore's door. Gilmore now realizes that she has inadvertently turned her father in. She now only wants to help her father.

As the Gestapo burst in, Kaiser starts yelling at Gilmore calling her a cow for turning him in. This causes Kosleck and the Gestapo swine to believe that Gilmore is still a loyal Nazi. (Seen this plot twist at least a dozen times in various films)

Kosleck soon has Kaiser in a cell receiving some "gentle" questioning. Kaiser refuses to talk and is sent to an insane sanatorium. There he will of course be found dead of some accident or some such thing. Gilmore, at wits end, seeks out Andrews to help save her father. Now there is a whole series of somewhat over the top heroics by Andrews. He dresses up like a German officer and visits the sanatorium. He needless to say soon springs the old man and smuggles him over the border for some time with the Swiss.

Matters take a turn for the worse for Andrews as December 7th has rolled around. Germany stands with her Japanese ally and Andrews is grabbed up and tossed into a concentration camp. There are some more bits of daring do and the likes before Andrews and Gilmore are winging it out of the country in a stolen aircraft.

This is a typical early war propaganda flag waver with the dashing hero getting away from the enemy. (this time with a girl) With only a 70 minute runtime it moves along quickly enough. The German's being played as complete morons in every film of this type is starting to get a bit long in the tooth. One starts to wonder how they ever took over all of Europe. It is still worth a look as a decent example of the genre.

The film was directed by regular Charlie Chan helmsman, Eugene Forde. One time Oscar nominated, Virgil Miller is the director of photography.

Some will recall Sig Ruman from his role in STALAG 17 as the German guard, Sgt Schulz.

Re: BERLIN CORRESPONDENT 1942

Berlin Correspondent (1942)

Hee, we don't see the saying "long in the tooth" not nearly enough!

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Romeo, Juliet And Darkness [1960]

10/10

DVD link:

www.amazon.co.uk/Romeo-Juliet-And-Darkness-DVD/dp/B000LPRP66

"I don't want to be put in a cattle wagon like an animal."


*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Talking to a DVD seller (who is also a fan of Czech cinema) I found out that UK DVD company Second Run had put out a Czech title set during the German occupation of the country. Gathering up Czech movies to view,I decided that it was time to take a glimpse at a Czech take on Romeo and Juliet.

The plot-

WWII:

Just before the family are taken to a death camp by the occupying Nazis,Hanka escapes from the transportation and goes to hide in an empty attic inside an apartment block.Finding Hanka in the attic, Pavel decides to do everything he can to keep Hanka safe.As Hanka and Pavel start to have feelings for each other,Pavel's family begin to fear about what will happen if they are caught with Hanka,as Nazi death squads start going round killing "betrayers" who have been secretly housing Jewish citizens.

View on the film:

Whilst there are some large spots of dirt,Second Run still deliver a good transfer,with the whispered dialogue being crisp and the look of fear on Pavel & Hanka's faces being clear to see.

Taking all of the life out of the country,co-writer/(along with Jan Otcenásek) director Jirí Weiss & cinematographer Václav Hanus show the war-torn streets of Prague in their starkest form,as lone footsteps walk down the eerily empty streets,whose silence is broken from the gunfire of Nazi death squads.Hiding in the attic,Wesiss strikes a superb contrast between night and day,with the attic being filled with shadows which allow the romance to grow in the darkness.Keeping a close watch every time he steps out of the attic,Weiss and Hanus give Pavel's daylight scenes a brittle quality which is lit up by an atmosphere bubbling with dread over fears of Hanka being discovered.

Leaving the country himself as a Jewish refugee for the US during WWII,Weiss and co-writer Jan Otcenásek open the Occupied Czech of Otcenásek's novel in a strikingly fearful manner,by making anyone who Pavel can put his trust in be willing to become an informant or turn complacent on the horrors destroying the country. Taking loose inspiration from Shakespeare,the writers avoid teen hormones for something more touchingly poetic,that allows for the excellent dialogue to build a psychological depth to the love that Pavel and Hanka have for each other,and the sounds of war surrounding their attic.

Appearing in the first of just 7 films,the alluring Daniela Smutná gives an incredible performance as Hanka,thanks to Smutná opening Hanka's feelings in an extremely expressive manner which perfectly capturing the lowing of Hanka's guard,as she starts to fall for Pavel.Joined by a wonderfully brisk Jirina Sejbalová as his mum, Ivan Mistrík gives a fantastic performance as Pavel.Hitting every note of sincerity with an expert eye, Mistrík gives Pavel a hard edge of determination in keeping Hanka alive,as Romeo and Juliet go into darkness.

Re: Romeo, Juliet And Darkness [1960]

Romeo, Julie a tma (1960)

Another impressive snag, with a review to match! Sterling work mdf, thanks for sharing this with the board.



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Re: Romeo, Juliet And Darkness [1960]

Thanks Spike,and with having enjoyed this one so much,I decided to watch a third Czech War film!

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