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Big Jim McLain (1952)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Nancy Vallon
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Mal Baxter
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Sturak
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Madge
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Robert Henried
Hal Baylor ...
Poke
Gayne Whitman ...
Dr. Gelster
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Olaf
Robert Keys ...
Edwin White
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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)
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Mr. Lexiter
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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FILMED in HAWAII and FILLED with EXCITEMENT! 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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1.37 : 1
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Many scenes filmed in public places, such as the restaurant scene with Gordon Jones, appear to be "stolen", as the bystanders seem to be watching the scenes being played out, rather than act like extras who normally do not pay attention to the action. See more »

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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

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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Referenced in Hollywood on Trial (1976) See more »

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Anchors Aweigh
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Music by Charles A. Zimmerman
Played when they sail into Pearl Harbor
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A more gentlemanly John Wayne
22 December 2004 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

The Duke (in ties and jackets!) ferrets out Commies in Hawaii along with strapping partner James Arness. For a movie so obviously filled to the brim with machismo, the results surprise us with just a scene or two of fisticuffs and much more romance between Wayne and Nancy Olson (who moves quickly, and can you blame her?). The black-and-white cinematography is quite beautiful, with silvery shots of the tropics in all their '50s splendor. "Big Jim McLain" features one of John Wayne's best walk-throughs; he looks a little sheepish, but he's so amiable you forget he's really not in character. The drama at hand is tidied up rather quickly, yet the film is directed with a steady hand and has an easy-going pace. Its flag-waving stance is 100-percent purple heart-patriotic, but that's certainly in keeping with the era, as well as with Wayne's all-American persona. **1/2 from ****


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