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Operation Raintree (1957)

 -  Documentary | Short  -  1957 (USA)
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This MGM short is a behind the scenes look at the making of Raintree County (1957). Filmed in Danville, Kentucky and starring Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift, the film used many of ... See full summary »

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This MGM short is a behind the scenes look at the making of Raintree County (1957). Filmed in Danville, Kentucky and starring Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift, the film used many of the locals as extras. The film includes scenes of Sherman's march to Atlanta and shows several crews preparing sites for shooting. Written by garykmcd

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Typical old MGM film promo
29 May 2008 | by (Jacksonville, FL) – See all my reviews

This short is a promo for the 1957 MGM film "Raintree County", and it is occasionally shown on TCM.

The narrator quickly lists the great stars appearing in the film, "necessary to match the greatness of the novel". The search for and use of various locations are discussed. The little town of Danville, Kentucky (the main filming location) is shown welcoming the small army of cast and crew with a parade. The complex details of making a film of this magnitude are illustrated by showing clips discussing the costumes, makeup, props, antique fixtures, posters, the construction of a railroad station, the use of a century old locomotive, film equipment, etc. And this wraps up by mentioning the recruitment and training of 1,500 men for the "Sherman's March" scene, from which a clip is shown. No interviews with cast or crew.

Typical film promo from that era. Not very interesting and quite forgettable. And it comes off sounding like MGM patting themselves on the back for the amount of effort that was going into a film of epic scope (a "Gone with the Wind" wannabe), which unfortunately turned out to be average at best.


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