A group of USO entertainers are on the way to the front when their truck blows a tyre. As their driver is changing the tyre they decide to have a practice unaware that a German patrol is ...
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A group of USO entertainers are on the way to the front when their truck blows a tyre. As their driver is changing the tyre they decide to have a practice unaware that a German patrol is moving in on them. Fortunately, Sgt. Saunders and the squad have also heard them and move in behind the Germans. The driver and accompanying MP are killed in the attack so Saunders decides to take the USO group with him while they finish their job. They work their way forward and come across a mill house which they decide to use as a temporary base. The USO leader Bernie [Dan Duryea] is making life difficult for Saunders and generally proving very difficult to handle. Battalion radio Saunders and tell them to hold their position as they are sending transport for the USO group. As they are consolidating their position their scout reports that a German patrol is moving in. They manage to kill the German scouts but are pinned down by the Germans heavy machine gun. Bernie decides to take matters into his ... Written by
"A Little Jazz" is a humbling of the arrogance & stupidity that go hand & hand with status & conceit.
White Rook must shelter & protect a group of jazz musicians after their escorts are killed by Germans.
James Menzies wrote an excellent screenplay about a group of jazz musicians led by Bernie Wallace (excellently played by Dan Duryea.) Duryea is outstanding; the viewing audience will hate him. Conflict and dialog between The Sarge & Wallace are priceless. Vic Morrow plays a strong lead having to deal with both a seemingly impossible situation and wise guy Wallace. Overall, there's good character development amongst White Rook & the musicians.
Michael Caffey did a fine directing job; combat scenes are graphic and close-ups at key moments tell the story without words.
I saw "A Little Jazz" when it first aired in 1967 and it kept my attention very well. I remembered being bummed out for 3 days after the airing because the most decent & humble of the group reaps great misfortune. I did however enjoy the reality of the story, exactly what I would expect in the face of pride & arrogance.
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