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The Day Will Dawn (1942)
So bad that it's worth watching !
A typical propaganda film of the period, containing comical German stereotypes, a bland predictable plot, and of course, an American hero, in an effort to create a sense of fraternity. It's simply not credible - British audiences must have been really gullible to put up with this.
It does however manage to collect a couple of honours as far as I'm concerned -
- it has the worst fight scene I've ever seen - it's worth watching the first 5 minutes just to see it !
- it has the worst bit of set design I've ever seen - in the last 5 minutes when the heroic British invasion forces land (just in time to prevent the execution of the hero.....), the landing craft, which people on the beach pull in with a rope, appears to have been knocked up by a carpenter using banisters for the side and a bit of chipboard for the ramp. It looks like something children would construct for the school play !
Foreign Correspondent (1940)
World War 2 propaganda for the American audience
Simplistic World War 2 propaganda for the American audience designed to evoke a common feeling with Britain against Germany. Action and character based with a plot so weak it must have made Hitchcock despair. Several rather wooden and out of context set piece speeches where the actor stares into the middle distance and delivers their oration.
Predictably for the time, it was nominated for 6 Oscars. Balance was restored when it won none.
Pleasant enough viewing if you enjoy movies of this period, particularly the social history.
A Town Like Alice (1956)
A poor film adaptation
A poor, one dimensional, adaptation of the book. Good cinematography and good acting from Virginia McKenna. Lacks atmosphere due to the large amount of missing material.
The Man Who Would Be King (1975)
After watching this simply as a result of it being in the imdb top 250 list, I feel that either I'm missing something, or it's overrated.
Good camera work. Obvious, moral plot. Uninvolving, simple storyline, which delivered little of interest. Contained supposedly humorous Western stereotypes of Indians.