In 1960 Frank Sinatra announced that he wanted to film Huie's book, with a script by Albert Maltz. Since Maltz was one of the Hollywood Ten, and given the anti-war nature of the story, Sinatra was publicly accused by John Wayne of having Communist sympathies. At the time Sinatra was campaigning for John F. Kennedy, who persuaded him to drop the project. See more »
Even now, 25+ years later I remember this movie. It made an impact on me.
I've only seen it twice, but it still hurts me to remember it. As the execution is played out, you hear Bing Crosby sing "Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas". Every time I hear that song, the memory of that movie floods me with terrible, sad feelings.
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