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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Its initial telecast took place in Chicago Monday 2 February 1959 on WBBM (Channel 2); interest in seeing a forgotten early Cary Grant film slowly spread around the country as it was first aired in Ashevile 27 April 1959 on WLOS (Channel 13), in San Francisco 1 May 1959 on KPIX (Channel 5), in Milwaukee 2 May 1959 on WITI (Channel 6), in Omaha 25 May 1959 on KETV (Channel 7), in Pittsburgh 25 October 1959 on KDKA (Channel 2), in Grand Rapids 29 December 1959 on WOOD (Channel 8), in Johnstown 15 January 1960 on WJAC (Channel 6), in Toledo 22 February 1960 on WTOL (Channel 11), in Hartford 4 March 1960 on WTIC (Channel 3), in Phoenix 15 March 1960 on KVAR (Channel 12), in Miami 10 April 1960 on WTVJ (Channel 4) and, finally in New York City 22 July 1960 on WCBS (Channel 2). It was released on DVD as a single 14 October 2010, again 17 May 2012 as part of Turner Classic Movies' Cary Grant: The Early Years Collection, again 4 June 2013 as part of Universal's War: 10 Movie Collection, again as a single 5 August 2014 as part of Universal's MOD Collection, and again 19 April 2016 as one of 18 [Paramount] titles in Universal's Cary Grant: The Vault Collection. See more »
Entertaining mix of action and romance set during WWI. The film has British soldiers Michael Andrews (Cary Grant) having his life saved by John Stevenson (Claude Rains). While Michael is sent to a hospital after being wounded, John goes back and continues the war efforts. While in the hospital Michael falls in love with his nurse Rosemary (Gertrude Michael) but he doesn't realize she's John's wife.
THE LAST OUTPOST is a film that should probably be better known than it is. This Paramount film is certainly what you'd call a "B" picture but it's certainly highly entertaining and it serves its purpose, which was probably a second feature on a double bill. The film was co-directed by Charles Barton and Louis J. Gasnier, which is quite a strange mix. I'm not sure what the history of the film was and if one was fired and the other hired or what but Barton is best remembered for ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN while Gasnier will always be remembered for REEFER MADNESS.
Back to this film, the main reason to watch it is for the two lead performances. Grant really delivers a strong performance here as he has to play that "good looking hero," which was something he was quite good at doing by this time. He was yet to become a star but all of the ingredients were starting to come together as he handled the romance, the action and the drama quite well. Michael is also good in her role of the love interest, although there's no question that the screenplay didn't do her character any justice. As for Rains, he easily steals the film as the stronger character and of course the second man. I really thought Rains was very believable as this war hero but the scene where he breaks down knowing the love he was coming home to is no longer there shows what a great actor he was.
There are some good action scenes scattered throughout the picture but the non-stop use of stock footage really makes you feel the "B" quality of the picture. This here really could have been an "A" picture but it's obvious Paramount wasn't ready to throw that type of money into a Grant picture. It's really too bad because this could have been an even better movie. As it is, THE LAST OUTPOST is a good "B" picture that remains entertaining throughout its running time.
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