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Big Jim McLain (1952)

Approved  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  30 August 1952 (USA)
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In the post-war Hawaii, House Un-American Activities Committee investigators Jim McLain and Mal Baxter hunt down communists.

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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
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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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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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The first film produced by Wayne-Fellows Productions (later renamed Batjac Productions), John Wayne's independent production company. See more »

Goofs

When Olaf comes out of the house and sees Jim talking to Madge, the background changes between the wide shot of the three of them and the close-up of Olaf getting the axe. See more »

Quotes

Jim McLain: Lot of wonderful things written into our constitution that were meant for honest decent citizens. I resent the fact that it can be used and abused by the very people who want to destroy it.
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Crazy Credits

Closing credits epilogue: The Incidents in this motion picture are based on the files of the Committee on Un-American Activities, House of Representatives, Congress of the United States. Names and places have been changed. We gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of this Committee. See more »

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Featured in Red Hollywood (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean
(uncredited)
aka "The Red, White and Blue"
Written by David T. Shaw
Arranged by Thomas A. Beckett
Played during the opening credits
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Stomach Churning but naively honest
11 September 2003 | by (London) – See all my reviews

With the benefit of hindsight it's very easy to criticise this movie, but I think it is foolish to completely dismiss it. Forgetting the fact that its script is laughable, plot thin, acting wooden and appreciation of communism astoundingly pathetic, this film is a historical gem which allows one an insight into the right wing U.S paranoia prevalent in the 1950's cold war era.

In 50 years time from now I expect the future generation will find some of our contemporary Hollywood films just as risible. We are all but a product of our time.


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