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Winter in Wartime " Oorlogswinter 2008…Dutch. Not happy, Jan

"Winter in Wartime" 2008.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0795441/?ref_=fn_al_tt_4

I can't give a full review of this, because I abandoned it as 30-40 min mark and put it back in case.

It has 7/10 reviews on imdb, which surprises me, maybe there is something to be missed in second half and conclusion, sorry, I did not find good signs at beginning.
Is it possible that sometimes EU/foreign films get some slack cut for them because of their arthouse snoot value?


When RAF pilot dangling in parachute guns down German soldier with pistol (which does not look much like the kind of sidearm RAF pilots might carry anyway to me)

I groaned...yeah, right. Happened all the time..shot-down pilots dangling helplessly in trees opened fire on enemy infantry troops on ground below them..it would make sense to do so.

I persevered a little longer...kid's initial meeting with hiding in convenient hunting foxhole RAF pilot was just as ridiculously choreographed..'hands up...turn around slowly ..." lol..
that looked more like an episode of COPS where they are busting a carload of Homies after a high-speed chase.

sorry, a few minutes later, I gave up...if ending improved , that's a shame for me, because first half of movie lost me so badly I ejected and put it back in case..I certainly could not see signs of a 7/10 imdb review for it at that stage, it is too ridiculous.
too many younger day video gamers are writing today's war movie scripts, I feel..obviously EU movies are as bad or worse than US made ones for this issue.

Re: Winter in Wartime " Oorlogswinter 2008…Dutch. Not happy, Jan

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heckles » Fri Nov 20 2015 05:03:40 Flag ▼ | Reply |
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The German soldiers in the movie looked much too young and well-equipped to be rear area soldiers, esp. if we're depicting 1945. This isn't the first movie I've seen this in, however; it's a phenomenon I call "The Rear Area Stormtrooper Convention."

Re: Winter in Wartime " Oorlogswinter 2008…Dutch. Not happy, Jan

Not one I know of. So it did not grab you at all? I'll put it low on the list then. Thanks for the heads up!

Re: Winter in Wartime " Oorlogswinter 2008…Dutch. Not happy, Jan

na...maybe I prejudged it, but when an RAF pilot dangling in tree from chute in occupied Europe, pulls out pistol (which itself looked dodgy for a British-issue wartime pistol) and shoots German infantryman on ground below...I already have a problem.


Another Euro series, 'Heavy Water War" (mostly Norwegian but maybe German/British co-production I think) 3-part?? series which redoes the Heroes of Telemark story in updated form. Not bad, worth a look.

Re: Winter in Wartime " Oorlogswinter 2008…Dutch. Not happy, Jan

Hee, of course we now wonder if you ever will actually finish it to find out

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War TV NAVY LOG : "PT 109"1957

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NAVY LOG : "PT 109"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 6th of season 3.

The episode is about the sinking of the U.S. Navy's PT 109. This one details the action of the boat as well as the rescue of the crew after its sinking. PT 109 was famous because the ship was under the command of future US President John F. Kennedy.

August 2, 1943 The PT 109, based in Rendova in the Solomon Islands is out on night patrol with several other PT boats looking for Japanese ships. While the 109 is just idling on low power, a Japanese destroyer, the Amagiri comes out of the night and cuts the torpedo boat in half. The stern part sank but the bow section remained afloat. Two men were lost in the collision with the remaining men gathered on the bow.

The men decided to swim to a nearby island and wait for rescue. However, the other PT boats in the patrol had seen the collision and assumed the PT 109 was lost with all hands.

After a few days on treeless Plum Pudding Island, the crew swam to another island, Olasana, hoping to find coconuts and fresh water. Each night, Kennedy swims out into the sea hoping to spot and signal a PT boat on patrol. Kennedy did not know that the Navy had changed the patrol area.

After 5 days the crew are discovered by natives, and a message is sent to an Australian coast watcher. The message was carved into a coconut. Soon the info is forwarded to Rendova and a PT boat is sent to rescue the 11 survivors.

J.F.K. is played by John Baer with John Close, Don Blackman, David Frankham, Peter Miller and Patrick Waltz rounding out the cast. The events were again filmed for the big screen 1963 feature, PT 109 with Cliff Robertson as J.F.K.

In 2002 the National Geographic Society funded an expedition headed by Robert Ballard to search for PT 109. They found torpedoes and the remains of the bow section. Ballard was the man who found TITANIC, BISMARCK and the carrier YORKTON.

Re: War TV NAVY LOG : "PT 109"1957

Navy Log (1955) - PT 109 (1957)

Gord, it's the sixth of season 3, not 4. Season 4 only shows 3 episodes?

Good stuff mate

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Re: War TV NAVY LOG : "PT 109"1957

LOL Thanks for the catch on the season and episode number. LOL I'm going to blame the beer count from that day for the mixup!

War Tv THE SILENT SERVICE "Boomerang" 1957

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THE SILENT SERVICE "Boomerang" 1957

This is the 19th 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 the second in a row about the U.S.S. Navy submarine, "Crevalle". It is Oct 1944 and the "Crevalle" has been sent to stake out an area near Borneo. They are to look for tankers leaving the oil refineries located on the island. They manage to hit and sink a large tanker. This of course brings instant retaliation from the Japanese escorts and patrolling aircraft.

The sub is forced deep and has to ground on the bottom to hide. They spend hours under constant attack. There is plenty of damage to the ship as well as one man severely hurt when a torpedo falls and crushes him. The "Crevalle" finally gets away and limps back to Australia. The cast is the same as the previous episode with Claude Akins, Grant Richards and John Mitchum being added.

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

The strange thing here is that none of this story happened. What really happened on the actual patrol was that there was an accidental crash dive. A malfunction of the dive planes causing the sudden dive. The problem here is that the outer and inner conning tower hatches were open. The flow of water through the upper hatch, which was latched opened, prevented anyone in the conning tower from closing it.

The "Crevalle" was down 150 feet before the outer hatch was seen to close and lock. An alert machinist's mate, Robert L. Yeager, saved the submarine by backing full without orders. The pump room, control room and conning tower flooded completely, and all electrical equipment was inoperative. Yeager received the Silver Star for his action.

The hatch closing was assumed to have been done by the officer of the watch who was not recovered. The man, Lt Howard James Blind, was given the Navy Cross posthumously. The man had only just been married 2 weeks before his death.

Not sure why they did not use the actual events for the story, but it is still an entertaining episode. Maybe the actual action was still Top Secret at the time of the episodes production.

Re: War Tv THE SILENT SERVICE "Boomerang" 1957

The Silent Service (1957) - Boomerang (1957)

Fascinating read. What a shame about H.J. Blind

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THE HUNTERS 1958 Robert Mitchum in Mig Alley.

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THE HUNTERS 1958

This 20th Century Fox Cinemascope production was director Dick Powell's follow up to the excellent 1957 war film, THE ENEMY BELOW. This one also stars Robert Mitchum in the lead role. This time however the action takes place in the air over Korea in 1952. Also in the cast are, Richard Egan, Lee Phillips, May Britt and Robert Wagner.

This one starts at an Air base in Japan. Personal are off loaded from the States, then, transferred to their units in South Korea. Mitchum plays a World War Two veteran pilot with the nickname, "Ice Man". He is one cool and deadly pilot. This will be his first action flying jets (F-86) in combat. Commanding his unit is another WW2 vet, Richard Egan. Also in the squadron is Lee Phillips, who has an over fondness for beverages of the alcohol variety. Staying in Japan is the pretty wife of Phillips, May Britt.

The men end up at a base in Korea and are assigned to fly patrols in "Mig Alley", an area just south of the border with Red China. This is where the various Red Air forces are trying to gain the upper hand. Each side is out to eliminate the other using ambush tactics and flying skill. At the moment, the Americans have the upper hand, but not without losses on their part. There are several Red pilots making a name for themselves, particularly one who goes by the handle, Casey Jones.

Of course Phillips' wife, May Britt and Mitchum are soon locking lips every time Mitchum is in Tokyo. But, as much as Mitchum would like to step up the action, he can see that Britt is still in love with Phillips. He makes it his mission to whip the drunk into a first rate pilot. Now enters hotshot jet jockey, Robert Wagner fresh from the States. The kid can fly, and after a rough start with Mitchum, is soon knocking Reds out of the sky at a fast rate.

While on a patrol over Mig Alley, there is a nasty round of combat between the Americans and the Reds. Phillips is shot up and takes to his chute. Mitchum gets some payback by finally getting the best of the Red Ace, Casey Jones. He then decides to see where Phillips had bailed out.

Mitchum spots Phillips hanging from a tree, and decides to crash land his Sabre nearby. He feels obligated to help Phillips. There is soon a squad of North Korean infantry closing in. Said infantry are shot up by Robert Wagner who is then shot down by ground fire.

Mitchum and Wagner are now hauling the badly wounded Phillips towards the United Nations lines. They tackle a couple of North Korean soldiers at a guard post and arm themselves with several burp guns. Then they run into a family of refugees also heading south. Another squad of North Korean types show and liquidate the civilians. Wagner and Mitch step up and pay the Red swine in kind.

Taking the dead civilians cart, they load up Phillips and continue south. They are soon grabbed up by a U.N. unit of Greeks and sent back for medical attention. Phillips is patched up and will be sent back to the States. Britt and Mitchum say their goodbyes as Britt thanks Mitch for saving her husband.

For the most part, the film works quite well with some nicely handled action sequences. The film however slows to a snail's pace every time Miss Britt is on screen. The love triangle bit is just not needed, or should have been trimmed by a good 15 minutes. Still, it is a great looking Cinemascope production with excellent color.

Powell does good work as the helmsman, while four time, Oscar nominated, Charles G Clarke, handles the cinematography duties.

May Britt was another of a string of Swedish actresses who were to be the next, Ingrid Bergman. The list would include, Marta Toren, Viveca Lindfors, Signe Hasso and Inger Stevens. None of them were.

Re: THE HUNTERS 1958 Robert Mitchum in Mig Alley.

Yep, we are pretty much on the same page with this one. The Hunters (1958)


Love tryst and thundering planes.

Set during the Korean War, this picture features the fine talent of Robert Mitchum as Major Cleve Saville and a young fresh faced Robert Wagner as the cocksure Lt Ed Pell. As the war rages, and the airmen deal with the pressures that come with the service, Saville starts to fall in love with the wife (a very weak May Britt) of one of his men, thus adding further pressures to a company growing weary by the day. The Hunters, based on the novel written by James Salter, is a very solid picture, perhaps bogged down by it's determination to give the picture emotional heart, it never the less thrills with its aerial sequences and is awash with glorious colour that new televisual technology can enhance, it's also a film that definitely needs to be seen in widescreen.

By not outstaying its welcome, The Hunters is the perfect film for genre fans who find themselves stuck in the house on a rainy Sunday afternoon. Though Mitchum of course oozes his usual screen presence here, he is playing second fiddle to the F-86 Sabres that are swishing about the bright blue sky, dog fighting with the Migs (well F-84 Thunders cunningly disguised as Migs) and thus giving the picture the necessary action quotient. Films set in the Korean War are few and far between, so to at least have a film like The Hunters to view when in the mood is surely a really good thing. 6/10


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Re: THE HUNTERS 1958 Robert Mitchum in Mig Alley.

I agree

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It was a favorite when I was a kid, when KOrean War movies were frequent screens on Sunday afternoons..

then I saw it again as adult in 1980s..obviously the storyline where they fight a truck full of NK infantry who execute the family that helps them, was farcical..

I wondered whether that silly sequence could have inspired the comparable one in 'Pearl Harbor" where they go hand to hand with those Japanese infantry in China..ludicrous ..(not to mention that a couple of guys who started out as P40 pursuit pilots find themselves somehow included in Doolittle's B25 raid..)

Brings me to that scene I mentioned in the recently viewed 'Winter in Wartime", too..

War Tv THE SILENT SERVICE "Squailfish" 1957

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THE SILENT SERVICE "Squailfish" 1957

This is the 20th 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. Squalus and Sailfish. The submarine "Squalus" was launched in 1938. During a test dive on 23rd May 1939 the submarine suffered a mechanical problem and dived straight down till she hit bottom. Most of the submarine flooded but 33 men survived in the forward torpedo room.

The "Squalus" released a smoke buoy and help in the form of another submarine, U.S.S. Sculpin arrived. A Navy rescue ship also arrives and using a diving bell, 32 of the men are quickly rescued. The "Squalus" was later raised, repaired and recommissioned under the name, "Sailfish".

The "Sailfish" was based in Manila at the time of the Japanese attack. After several failed attacks on Japanese shipping she headed for the Dutch East Indies. From there it was off to Australia.

The "Sailfish" had a long war with twelve long patrols on her record. The submarine was credited with sinking 7 Japanese ships for a total of 46,000 tons. Included in this total was the Japanese aircraft carrier, "Chuyo". In a cruel twist of fate, the "Chuyo" had been carrying 21 American submariner p.o.w.s. The prisoners, were from the U.S.S. Sculpin", the same ship that had been first on the scene when the "Squalis" sank in 1939.

The cast includes, Paul Wexler, William Tracey, Wright King and Frank Gerstle.

The "Sailfish" was decommissioned in 1945 and sold for scrap in 1948. The conning tower was saved and stands at the Portsmouth Naval Yard as a memorial to the men lost in the "Squalus".

Re: War Tv THE SILENT SERVICE "Squailfish" 1957

The Silent Service (1957) - The Squailfish (1957)

Bottom to Top and poignant memorials

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War Tv "Golden Boy had Nine Black Sheep" 1964

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12 O'CLOCK HIGH "Golden Boy had Nine Black Sheep" 1964

12 O'CLOCK HIGH was a television series about the fictitious 918th Bomber Group of the U.S. Air Force. The Group flew Boeing B-17 bombers and was based out of Archbury Field in England. The series ran for a total of 78 episodes between 1964 and 1967. Regular cast members included, Robert Lansing, Frank Overton, Paul Burke, Chris Robinson and Barney Philips. The series is loosely based on the superb 1949 film of the same name. This episode is the first of the series.

The Group has just returned from a raid over occupied Europe. The commanding officer is furious with a particular pilot, Paul Burke. Burke is always finding excuses to abort missions, rough running engines etc. Lansing is not sure if Burke, (who is from a family with a long military tradition) is just unlucky, or a coward.

Lansing assigns Burke a new aircraft named, THE LEPER COLONY. Lansing combs through the Bomber Group for the worst 9 crewmen and gives them to Burke. He tells Burke he has 2 weeks to whip them into a combat ready crew. Burke rides the men hard and they are soon ready to go on a mission.

THE LEPER COLONY soon becomes one of the better ships in the group. After several missions Lansing tells Burke and his crew they can change the name of the bomber. The men however want to keep THE LEPER COLONY as they now consider the handle, good luck. The plane is badly shot up on the next mission and just barely makes it back with Burke and most of the crew wounded.

Lansing now decides to promote Burke and give him a squadron of his own.

Also in the cast is a young Bruce Dern.

This one is a decent stab for a first episode.

The series was produced by Quinn-Martin who had a string of successful series during the 1960's and 70's. These include, THE FUGITIVE, THE INVADERS, CANNON, THE FBI, THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO, BARNABY JONES and MANHUNTER.

Re: War Tv "Golden Boy had Nine Black Sheep" 1964

yeah, I figured it was quinn-martin..same style credits titles at 'the FBI" that you have mentioned..

Re: War Tv "Golden Boy had Nine Black Sheep" 1964

12 O'Clock High (1964) - Golden Boy Had Nine Black Sheep (1964)

Gord

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Closely Observed Trains (1966)

9/10

"Our district is becoming more and more immoral."

* This review may contain spoilers ***

After stumbling upon the stunning film Romance for Bugle,I decided to take a look at other Czech titles that the up-loader had put on,and I spotted the first ever Czech Oscar winner,which led to me getting ready to catch the train.

The plot-

WWII-Nazi Occupied Czechoslovakia:

Following in his family footsteps, Milos Hrma gets set to be a guard at a train station,in the hope of having to avoid any real work,esp on the front line.With the idyll life at the train station only being interrupted by the odd appearance of Nazi collaborator Zednicek,Hrma talks to fellow staff member Hubička about still being a virgin. Encouraged to chat to a pretty young conductor called Máša,Hrma ends up having a night with Máša,that goes off the tracks prematurely.As Hrma starts to question his manhood, Hubička starts making plans to stop the Nazis in their tracks.

View on the film:

Placing the train station in the middle of nowhere,co-writer/(along with Bohumil Hrabal) director Jirí Menzel & cinematographer Jaromír Sofr track the horrors of war in the countryside with a ride to Miloš Hrma's rites of passage.Keeping both feet on the ground,Menzel avoids flashy tricks for an elegant,rustic atmosphere,as Menzel's lingering shots pick up on the locals attempting to keep their livelihood in tack,whilst making explosive plans against the occupying Nazis. Following Hrma on his agonising rites of passage,Menzel takes a restrained approach with jazzy fade ins/fade outs fading in on Hrma's sexual awakening.

Filmed as the country was in the early stages of an economy recovery, Menzel & Hrabal's adaptation of Hrabal's own book lays superbly allegorical Czech New Wave tracks down against the Soviet Union,by making Hrma and all the other locals undermine all of the rules that the occupying rulers are enforcing on them.Making sure to not go off track with the political notes,the writers weave the allegorical edges with a delightfully ill-at-ease coming of age Drama,that shakes all of Menzel loose hormones out onto the station.

Secretly going against the barking orders from the Nazis, Josef Somr gives a great performance as Hubicka,whose playfulness Somr reveals to be a shell for a cunning mind.Topping the charts with Czech Pop at the time, Václav Neckár gives an excellent performance as Hrma,thanks to Neckár coating Hrma in a shaky bag of awkward nerves,as Hrma closely watches the trains.

Re: Closely Observed Trains (1966)

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

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Ostre sledované vlaky (1966)

Well thought of here on site. Thanks for sharing your review of what looks to be another of your Czech crackers.



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Re: Closely Observed Trains (1966)

Thanks Spike,and I've been very surprised at how high the quality is of these overlooked Czech War flicks.

KING RAT 1965 Superb Film

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KING RAT 1965

This 1965 production from Bryan Forbes is quite frankly, one of the best P.O.W. camp films ever made. It stars, George Segal, James Fox, Tom Courtenay, Patrick O'Neal and John Mills.

The film is set in Singapore's infamous Changi Prison camp during the waning months of World War Two. The Prison housed thousands of captured Commonwealth troops as well as a smattering of Americans. The prisoners are all slowly dying as they try to survive in the squalid conditions present inside the camp. That is all but Corporal King, (George Segal) who runs a thriving black market operation trading with the Japanese guards. This keeps Segal feed, and in the small luxuries most in the camp never see, eggs, cigarettes etc.

The camp Provost Marshall, Tom Courtenay spends his days trying to catch Segal at his "against the rules" business. Courtenay is stymied at every turn by most everyone in the camp. This is because damn near everyone is on Segal's payroll. What few possessions the prisoners have, watches, rings and the like are all brought to Segal to move. Smart operator, Segal, takes a piece of the action off both ends during these "trades".

Hustler Segal befriends British officer, James Fox because he needs a translator who can speak Malay. This would make his exchanges with the guards easier. Fox soon becomes a top man in Segal's outfit, which is mainly made up of American prisoners.

Fox hurts his arm helping Segal make a big money exchange one night. The two barely get away with the deal because Provost Courtenay appears on the scene. Fox's injured arm soon becomes gangrenous and Fox looks like he might die. Segal makes a big trade to get the needed antibiotics to save Fox's arm. He does this because Fox is the only one who knows where the loot from the earlier deal is hidden. Fox recovers and believes Segal saved him because he is really his friend. This is not the case.

Worked into the story, is an interesting bit where Provost Courtenay, uncovers a scam by several of the officers in charge of food supplies, who have been stealing. Courtney reports the men to his commanding officer, John Mills. Mills tells Courtenay to drop the matter. Courtenay is shocked to discover that Mills is also in on the theft of food.

Segal's group soon comes up with an idea to raise rats under the hut. They will then sell the meat to the camp officers. They will tell the buyers it is really meat from the Malay Mouse Deer.

This business is just up and running, when the Japanese Camp commandant informs the Chief British officers that the war is over. The Allied forces soon arrive with plenty of food, medicine and clothing. Segal soon finds he is no longer needed, and falls from his position as the un-official "King" of the camp.

The film is based on the bestselling novel, KING RAT, by James Clavell. Clavell had himself been a prisoner in Changi POW camp. One of Clavell's most famous novels, SHOGUN, was made into a big time television mini-series in 1980. Clavell wrote the story or screenplays for, THE GREAT ESCAPE, THE Satan BUG, TO SIR WITH LOVE, 633 SQUADRON, THE FLY and the LAST VALLEY. Clavell also directed and produced with TO SIR WITH LOVE as his best film in that area.

The film's director, Bryan Forbes, was also a triple threat as a writer, producer and director. Forbes directed this film as well as doing the screenplay from Clavell's novel. Some of Forbes other film work, would include, WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND, THE WRONG BOX and THE STEPFORD WIVES.

Handling the director of photography duties is five time Oscar nominated, and two time winner, cinematographer Burnett Guffey. His two Oscar wins were for, BONNIE AND CLYDE and FROM HERE TO ETERNITY. Guffey was well known to film noir fans for his work on, THE SNIPER, MY NAME IS JULIA ROSS, NIGHT EDITOR, FRAMED, KNOCK ON ANY DOOR, CONVICTED, SCANDAL SHEET, PRIVATE HELL 36, NIGHTFALL, THE TIGHT SPOT, HUMAN DESIRE and THE HARDER THEY FALL.

Re: KING RAT 1965 Superb Film

Not only a great movie, but one of my favourite novels.

Also holds the distinction of being the first movie I ever taped on my [then] brand new, state-of-the-art, you beaut Betamax.


"He was a poet, a scholar and a mighty warrior."

Re: KING RAT 1965 Superb Film

You called it, an excellent read. I've had a copy since the mid 70's.

Re: KING RAT 1965 Superb Film

King Rat (1965)

I'm sure I have this somewhere, reads as ace mate. Thanks.

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War Tv :THE SILENT SERVICE "The Grouper Story" 1957

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THE SILENT SERVICE "The Grouper Story" 1957

This is the 21st 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. "Grouper". It is Sept. 1943 and the "Grouper" is sent on a top secret mission. They are to pick up a party of 50 men and transport them to New Britain. The men, Australians and local natives are being landed to gather information for the upcoming landing on the island. The Japanese have a major base on the island, Rabaul.

The task is complicated by the natives who of course are most reluctant to board a submarine. Then there is the intended landing spot. It turns out there is an unforeseen reef blocking the entrance to the cove. This results in having to row the rubber rafts several extra miles to land the men. Half way through the operation a Japanese patrol craft comes sailing by. The submarine though blends in with the jungle and they are not spotted. The mission is completed and the "Grouper" returns to base.

The "Grouper" completed 12 wartime patrols sinking 5 enemy ships. One of the ships, the Lisbon Maru had 1800 British and Canadian p.o.w.s from Hong Kong on board, of which over 800 died in the sinking. The cast includes, Mark Roberts, Bret King, William Boyett and Ron Foster.

The "Grouper" was kept in service after the war as a research ship. It was later converted into the first "hunter-killer" submarine in the U.S. Navy. The ship was finally decommissioned in 1968 and sold for scrap in 1970.

Re: War Tv :THE SILENT SERVICE "The Grouper Story" 1957

The Silent Service (1957) - The Grouper Story (1957)

As always,

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War TV "The Eyes of the Seawolf" 1957

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THE SILENT SERVICE "The Eyes of the Seawolf" 1957

This is the 22nd 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. "Seawolf". It is March 1942 and the "Seawolf" is patrolling the Java Sea looking for the Japanese invasion fleet heading for the Dutch East Indies. The submarine spots and attacks several Japanese ships only to have their torpedoes malfunction and fail to explode. The attacks of course bring on depth charge attacks from Japanese escort vessels.

The "Seawolf" manages to escape the area and make it to Australia. The submarine's commander reports the problems to the proper higher ups. Of course the desk bound folks blame the submarine crews for the problems. (The submarines of most of the navies, Allied and Axis, experienced torpedoes problems early in the war. The magnetic exploders failed to work) The "Seawolf" is loaded up with more of the same torpedoes and sent out on another patrol. Again they have trouble with the torpedoes. This time however they take pictures through the periscope of their attacks. They launch two full spreads against a large Japanese cargo ship. Only one out of the eight launched explodes.

The higher ups get the message finally about the torpedoes as more and more crews are reporting problems. New torpedoes with better warheads are soon on their way from the States.

The cast includes, Carl Betz, Mort Mills, Art Batanides, Duane Grey and Leonard Nimoy.

The "Seawolf" would sink 71,000 tons of Japanese shipping in 15 patrols. The "Seawolf" was lost due to friendly fire on October 3 1944. She was believed to have been sunk by aircraft off the escort carrier, "Midway". The "Midway" would be renamed the "St. Lo" on Oct 10th 1944. On Oct 25th 1944, the "St. Lo" would become the first American carrier to be sunk by a kamikaze attack during the Battle of Leyte Gulf.

Re: War TV "The Eyes of the Seawolf" 1957

The Silent Service (1957) - The Eyes of the Seawolf (1957)

Tops

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WARRIORS FIVE "La Guerra Contiua" 1962 Jack Palance

CONTAINS SPOILERS

WARRIORS FIVE "La Guerra Contiua" 1962

This one is a real bottom of the barrel cheapie set in Italy just after the Italian surrender to the Allies. Jack Palance is the headliner with support from Folco Lulli, Serge Reggiani, Venantino Ventitina, Franco Balducci and the beautiful, Giovanna Ralli.

Palance is an American paratrooper whose squad had been dropped behind the German lines to blow up a bridge. The squad, with the exception of Palance had the bad luck to land in a German minefield.

At the same time, five Italian military prisoners have escaped from their jailers. They hope to grab a train heading south. Then they want to cross over to the American side and get away from the war. They hook up with "working girl" Giovanna Ralli along the way. Their train ride is cut short after the Germans stop the train. They are looking for men who killed several Germans.

A bit of run and hide is needed for the group to escape from the clutches of the Germans. They meet up with Palance and are asked to help him complete his mission. The group soon agree, but they first need to retrieve the sabotage supplies from the minefield. This they do.

Now it is a rumble with the Germans to place the explosives etc. Then the group is roped in by a bunch of Italian villagers who need their help. It seems that the Germans have taken hostages and are planning on killing the lot the next morning.

Of course our brave band of men charge right in. There is a quick and bloody battle with several of the group being killed. They do however manage to free the hostages.

This is not a good film. The 83 minute runtime seems much longer with far too much dead time. The story takes forever to get to any sort of action. If it was not for the lovely Miss Ralli posing in various stages of undress, I would have stopped watching. Palance just goes through the motions here and looks bored with the whole thing.

The Italian film was made in 1960, but not released till 1962 when the American studio American-international purchased the film. They dubbed the film into English and put it out on the drive-in circuit.

Re: WARRIORS FIVE "La Guerra Contiua" 1962 Jack Palance

La guerra continua (1962)

Slow Spag Warrer!

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War TV: NAVY LOG : "The Frogmen"1955

CONTAINS SPOILERS

NAVY LOG : "The Frogmen"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 first episode of the series.

This episode is set during the Korean War. An American submarine is sent on a mission to transport a pair of frogmen. The frogmen are to plant explosives on a pair of US Navy minesweepers that had sunk in a North Korean minefield. The Navy is worried that the Reds might salvage top secret items from the ships.

Ross Elliot and Robert Nichols are the frogmen. They are to keep in contact with the submarine through an underwater mike. Keeping track of their progress is top sonar man, Harry Landers. Elliot, Nichols and Landers know each other from frogman training. Landers had not made the cut and had washed out of the course.

Elliot and Nichols are dropped off just outside the minefield. The men swim through the mines to the two minesweepers. They plant their explosives and prepare to return to the submarine. They are on tight timetable and the submarine will only wait so long.

A problem develops when Elliot is injured. There is now no way that Nichols can pull Elliot back in time before the submarine leaves the area. Seaman Landers volunteers to exit the submarine to assist the frogmen. He suits up and helps Nichols return Elliot to the sub. They make it just as the ship and hold onto the outside of the conning tower as the sub moves off. They must clear the area before the explosives go off.

Not great, but it still makes for a passable half hour time-waster.

Re: War TV: NAVY LOG : "The Frogmen"1955

Navy Log (1955) - The Frogmen (1955)

One of your time wasters

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The Fifth Horseman Is Fear (1965)

9/10


”A man who dies unnecessarily ,as opposed to those who live unnecessarily.”

* This review may contain spoilers ***

Gathering up the last batch of Czech New Wave (CNW) titles from the Cold War era to view over April,I got an E-Mail from a DVD seller (who is a big fan of Czech cinema) telling me that he had recently tracked down a fascinating CNW War movie.With having recently picked up other Czech War titles,I decided that it would be a good time to meet the fifth horseman.

The plot-

WWII-Nazi Occupied Prague:

Forbidden from working as a doctor by the Nazis,Jewish doctor Braun tries to survive by doing a desk job where he lists all the confiscated Jewish property.Going home to his flat,Braun finds an injured resistance fighter laying outside the apartment building.Taking the fighter into his flat under darkness,Braun discovers that the injured man is in desperate need of morphine to help heal his wounds.Knowing the risks that he is taking and suspecting that there is an informant in the building,Braun decides that he cant's let the horsemen of fear destroy his beliefs.

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Largely filmed on location,co-writer/(along with Hana Belohradska/ Ota Koval & Ester Krumbachová) director Zbynek Brynych and cinematographer Jan Kalis showcase the effects that the Cold War was having on the country,with the grubby CNW black and white photography pulling every rotting building and burnt-out street on the screen,as solid pelts of rain hit Braun across the face.Finding beauty in the dirt, Brynych gradually sinks the block of flats into a pit of utter despair,where elegantly hit whip-pans spins an unrelenting atmosphere of fear over the title.

Getting out to cinemas just before the soon to be occupying Soviet Union were to ban it,the writers display a remarkable quality in allegorically commenting on both the former Nazi Occupation,and the oncoming Soviet Union Occupation.Holding everyone up in the flats,the writers hit the Soviet Union with a merciless force,by making the flats a place where the occupying forces push the inhibitions of the flats/country into oppression,and the idea of "naming names" is thinly excused as keeping the country safe.Placing a voice of humanity in the centre of the film, Miroslav Machácek gives an incredible performance as Dr. Braun,thanks to Braun being given a humble appearance,which is delicately torn by Machácek,in desperation of stopping the fifth horseman in his tracks.

Re: The Fifth Horseman Is Fear (1965)

...a pátý jezdec je Strach (1965)

Reads as potent. Some complaints about the editing but most feel the same as you, a seriously over looked piece of film.



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