Joan Fry, a society woman, falls in love with Chuck Riley, the white-leader of a powerful gang in Chinatown, and he quickly drags her down into the depths with him. But seeing her so much ... See full summary »
William A. Wellman
The story of Soviet cypher-clerk Igor Gouzenko who was posted to the Soviet Embassy in Ottawa,Canada in 1943 and defected in 1945 to reveal the extent of Soviet espionage activities directed against Canada.
Three centuries before Christus. Young Cabiria is kidnapped by some pirates during one eruption of the Etna. She is sold as a slave in Carthage, and as she is just going to be sacrificed to... See full summary »
Reviewer wmorrow59 above just about covers all the bases for "Young
Eagles", but I wanted to touch on the backdrop story he didn't mention.
Without giving things away, one of the principals is a German spy
assigned to give Paul Lukas safe passage back to the German lines. It
adds another dimension, however slight, to the picture. It is sorely
needed, because the slim plot can barely hold itself together
Unlike WWII, fliers in The Great War observed all the niceties of
gentlemanly conduct. In sporting fashion, they would help each other if
one were shot down, and in some cases become friends or at least
maintain a monotonous cordiality. I don't know if they went to the
extreme portrayed here, wherein Buddy Rogers takes Lukas with him to
Paris to enjoy one more night of freedom before being shipped off to a
POW camp, but the plot hinges on this trip. You know, the spy thing.
The film is somewhat corny and stagey and with the stilted overacting
characteristic of the early sound era. Paramount was trying to
capitalize on the success of "Wings", which won the first Best Picture
Oscar, but this film is only a pale imitation. There are some
interesting dogfight sequences, Buddy Rogers and Jean Arthur are
appealing, and Paul Lukas seems quite old for his role as a German ace.
A good supporting cast helps matters, and I thought the whole
production was good enough for a rating of six.
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