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Big Jim McLain (1952)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  30 August 1952 (USA)
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U.S. House Un-American Activities Committee investigators Jim McLain and Mal Baxter attempt to break up a ring of Communist Party troublemakers in Hawaii (ignoring somewhat, as do their ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Nancy Vallon
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Mal Baxter
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Sturak
Veda Ann Borg ...
Madge
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Robert Henried
Hal Baylor ...
Poke
Gayne Whitman ...
Dr. Gelster
Gordon Jones ...
Olaf
Robert Keys ...
Edwin White
John Hubbard ...
Lt. Cmdr. Clint Grey
Soo Yong ...
Mrs. Namaka (as Madame Soo Yong)
Dan Liu ...
Dan Liu, Honolulu Chief of Police (as Honolulu Chief of Police Dan Liu)
Vernon 'Red' McQueen ...
Phil Briggs (as Red McQueen)
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Storyline

U.S. House Un-American Activities Committee investigators Jim McLain and Mal Baxter attempt to break up a ring of Communist Party troublemakers in Hawaii (ignoring somewhat, as do their superiors in the Congress, that membership in the Communist Party was, at the time, legal in the U.S.) Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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He's a Go-Get-'Em Guy for the U.S.A. on a Treason Trail that leads Half-a-World Away! See more »


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Approved | See all certifications »
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30 August 1952 (USA)  »

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Jim McLain  »

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$826,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

While there may indeed have been some so-called "stolen" scenes, the one in the restaurant isn't one of them. The bystanders were watching the action because of the loud and drunken behavior of Madge (Veda Ann Borg) and the actor who comes to their table. See more »

Goofs

When Jim returns one morning from looking for Baxter's murderer, he finds Nancy asleep. The amount of the rug covering Nancy changes between when he kisses her and when she wakes. See more »

Quotes

Poke: I've had a belly full of this East Texas cotton-chopping jerk.
Jim McLain: Did you ever chop cotton?
Poke: Nah, I'm from the country club set. That chopping cotton's for white trash and niggers!
[McLain punches Poke and a fight ensues]
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Referenced in Ed Wood (1994) See more »

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Yankee Doodle
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Traditional
Played during the opening credits
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26 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Early in the film Wayne and Arness take the US Navy "picket boat" out to Battleship Row and the superstructure of the USS Arizona, long before the familiar white memorial was built. This little side trip provides a continuity. The 50's fear of Communism was seen, in that era, as being informed by the experience of the attack at Pearl Harbor 11 years before. Folks then knew from bitter, bloody experience, that evil in the world existed, and they were trying to thwart the new evil. It may appear ham-handed to us today, but, in the context of the times, finding the enemy through investigative techniques probably appeared preferable to another sneak attack. Having read the above comments, I also appreciate the way the writers heaped praise on the local, Hawaiian, police.


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