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Three Stripes in the Sun (1955)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | 29 November 1955 (Japan)
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
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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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post WW II occupied Japan
25 September 2008 | by (southwest US) – See all my reviews

Post WW II flick about soldiers in occupied Japan, helping the children of the village. Aldo Ray is sergeant O'Reilly, who starts out resenting the Japanese, but comes to appreciate them and their way of life. Dick York is O'Reilly's cohort Corporal Muhlendorf. York is one of the Dicks who will be Samantha's husband on the TV show "Bewitched", and had made only four films before this. Touching story of a soldier who befriends an orphan, and gets his outfit to help the orphans. Ray is sometimes natural in his role, and sometimes both he and York seem extra-awkward with their lines. Strong supporting roles by Mitsuko Kimura as Yuko, the interpreter, and also by Philip Carey as the all-knowing Colonel, who teaches O'Reilly several lessons along the way. One of only two films directed by Richard Murphy, who had made his mark as a Hollywood writer... and ... had just finished serving in the Air Force in New Guinea and the Philippines in 1945, so he certainly had knowledge of serving in the military in a foreign land. Ray and Carey had both also served in the military during WW II, so the cast had the right background for the post-war storyline. Solid story, if a little soapy-sudsy sweet at times.


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