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Three Stripes in the Sun (1955)

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Army Master Sergeant Hugh O'Reilly is stationed in Japan after World War II. He hates the Japanese. He meets a pretty young Japanese woman, an interpreter for the Army, and through her ... See full summary »

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MSgt. Hugh O'Reilly
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Col. William Shepherd (as Phil Carey)
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Cpl. Neeby Muhlendorf
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Idaho Johnson
Camille Janclaire ...
Sister Genevieve
Heihachirô Ôkawa ...
Father Yoshida (as Henry Okawa)
Tatsuo Saitô ...
Konoya
Mitsuko Kimura ...
Yuko
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Army Master Sergeant Hugh O'Reilly is stationed in Japan after World War II. He hates the Japanese. He meets a pretty young Japanese woman, an interpreter for the Army, and through her learns of an orphanage in need of help. He enlists other soldiers in an effort to rebuild the orphanage, and in doing so, begins to soften in his attitude toward the Japanese people. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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29 November 1955 (Japan)  »

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Amours sans frontières  »

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Wartime sentiment, astonishingly based on a true account...
25 September 2008 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

In 1949 Occupied Japan, an American Army Sergeant who despises the locals ultimately finds a soft spot in his heart while working with the nuns and children at a bedraggled orphanage, soon falling in love with a Japanese translator. Although this story is based upon fact, with the real-life protagonist Sgt. Hugh O'Reilly acting as technical adviser, one hesitates to swallow such a big lump of sugar. The film has been designed as a heart-warmer yet, as bullet-chested, no-nonsense Aldo Ray plays O'Reilly, the character's complete transformation into an old softy is rather too good to be true. Ray, who got stuck in a revolving door of battle films during this period, isn't an animated actor on-screen, his personality mostly consisting of a stoic manliness; here, he strains to utilize his goofy laugh and dumb-mug smile to convince us he's just a big kid on the playground--one with love in his eyes. Ray's a decent actor, but this part would be a stretch for even the most accomplished performer. Buddy Dick York gets some second-banana laughs, Phil Carey is a by-the-books Colonel whose heart eventually thaws, while the sisters and little ones are constantly around to milk the audience for the utmost treacly effect. I didn't believe a second of it. ** from ****


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