The Proud and Profane (1956)

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In the Pacific during WWII, a Roman Catholic widow falls for a tough lieutenant colonel.



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Cast overview:
Lt. Col. Colin Black
Lee Ashley
Kate Connors
Eddie Wodcik
William Redfield ...
Chaplain Lt. (jg) Holmes
Ross Bagdasarian ...
Eustace Press
Theodore Newton ...
Bob Kilpatrick
Richard Shannon ...
Lieutenant (jg) Hutchins


In the Pacific during WWII, a Roman Catholic widow falls for a tough lieutenant colonel.

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25 September 1956 (Japan)  »

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Frank Gorshin's movie debut. See more »


Written by Gabriel Ruiz, Ricardo López Méndez and Sunny Skylar
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I didn't buy any of this....
8 September 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"The Proud and Profane" is an annoying war film. That's because to me, the characters (in particular the two leads) come off as phony and unlikable. Together, they form a relationship that is about as believable as a politician making a promise (of any sot).

Deborah Kerr plays a very annoying woman. Her husband was killed at Guadalcanal and, inexplicably, she joins the Red Cross and goes to the Pacific to try to find folks who could tell her about her husband. This is hard to believe but when wounded men arrive and she doesn't want to see them because it bothers her to see hurt men, I just wanted to slap her. What an immature and unlikable lady--more like a débutante going to a cotillion than a lady volunteering to help in the war effort.

As for William Holden, he plays a tough 'blood and guts' colonel who is VERY intense and selfish. His way of dealing with things is to tell the men to suck it up. Lost an arm? Suck it up. Paralyzed for life? Stop your whining. He even yells at the Chaplin! This guy makes Attila the Hun seem charming.

So, you've got too seriously unlikable characters. And, they seem to have absolutely nothing--NOTHING--in common. So, when they suddenly starts kissing and the music wells up with a romantic strain, I felt like throwing a coffee cup at the TV screen. The dialog simply was some of the worst I'd heard of since my last Ed Wood film! The sticky, gooey, and utterly stupid dialog. The worst might be Holden's 'Indian half-breed' speech--but it's all pretty lame.

I've noticed that this film has a respectable overall score and decent reviews. Well, I don't get it. Despite top stars, this is a bad film whose only interesting attributes are the bit characters--where you get to see a very young Marion Ross and David Bagdasarian (the guy who created the Chipmunks) in small parts. Otherwise, a complete waste of time.

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