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Burt served in the Marines during the war, but now he is confined to an asylum. His experiences in the South Pacific left him mentally ill and deathly afraid of storm clouds and rain. Stella, his girl friend, hopes Burt's sister Betty, and his brother-in-law Lou, will take him in so as to help him recuperate. However because of their young children, Betty and Lou are afraid of inviting him to live with them. Can Burt be helped? How can he find a life outside the mental hospital? Written by
Thomas McWilliams <email@example.com>
"I said no because I'm human, God help me, and so are you!"
Thoughtful (if not particularly incisive) look at mental illness in veterans brought on by their war experiences after suffering extreme duress in the midst of battle. One emotional Marine, recuperating at a hospital in Southern California, is deemed well enough to leave, but his sister and brother-in-law (whose life the soldier saved overseas) are reluctant to take him in because of his volatile nature. Excellent performances from Ralph Meeker, Nancy Davis, and James Whitmore nearly compensate for Ben Maddow's sketchy screenplay which begins as a study of human frailties but soon becomes a family melodrama (its subject matter whittled down to one case). Thus, scenes such as a dance at the Veteran's Hospital serve no real purpose, with the viewer left in the uncomfortable position of waiting for Meeker's Marine to lose self-control. Nevertheless, an unusual product to come from MGM, with several taut and moving sequences--though not enough to quite fill its running-time. **1/2 from ****
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