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Film foreword: "Through the teeming heart of Asia, halfway between Rangood and Shanghai, twists the hand-hewn Burma Road, lifeline for the embattled Army of China, headquartered at Chungking. Over this dangerous seven hundred miles of highway roars a stream of truck---hell drivers at their wheels---trucks loaded with food, munitions, guns...blood and sinew of the defenders of the ancient soil of China. Fountain-head for these vital supplies, end of the rail line from the west is the sprawling Burmese BOOMTOWN OF LASHIO." Story mostly pertains to the trucking of munitions to the Chinese Army under British direction and with some Americans participating, but there is no dialogue references to Japan, and the parachute troops who attempt to sabotage the convoy are identified as Chinese insurrectionists. Two months after its October release, Universal could have called a spade a spade.Accuracy footnote:Despite revisionists sources that seem to think so,this was not distributed in 1941 by ... Written by
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Charles Bickford plays the boss of a group of American truck drivers on the Burma Road. They truck supplies over the mountains to the Chinese army for their struggle against the Japanese. Needless to say there are spies and the like under every second rock and bush. Bickford's young brother, Frank Albertson, gets the old knife in the back when he discovers the main turncoat. Bickford rounds up the truckers and off they go to do battle with the Japanese. Not a great film by any means but it zips along at a good pace. Evelyn Ankers is quite good in a non-horror film role and the same applies with Turhan Bey. OK time-waster. (b/w)
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