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The Next Voice You Hear... (1950)
The epoch of "The Next Voice You Hear..."
To the critics of this movie, I must surmise that many of you were not around in the late 1940's and early 1950's when this movie was made.
There are several very unique conditions under which this movie was made, which you obviously missed...
First one is that the U.S.A. was just recovering from a world war...and about to enter a conflict in Korea. Remember the HUAC committee; about the communist witch hunt as well as the increasing nuclear threat between the U.S. and the Soviet Union? Segregation?
With their political leaders doing little if anything to assuage their fears and in many cases, just adding to them. Is it any wonder that people flocked to movies such as these."Wild" Bill Wellman did an admirable job on this film, although, from reading his autobiography, he did not impress me as a sentimental fool! This he was not.
Sure, looking back on the movie made over 60 years ago, it sounds and appears sanguine, maybe even sophomoric and melodramatic. It would be a tragic placement of judgment if you were ONLY to judge this movie by looking over-your-shoulder, or down-your-nose, from 2013.
Were you to do so, you would then similarly criticize Jimmy Stewart's "It's A Wonder Life" equally, wouldn't you? It's tragic, in my view, that we seldom seen this genre of movie in our sophisticated and technological society.
Many years ago, the old AMC American Movie Classics ran a v-e-r-y rare classic in this same genre. It's title is "Magnificent Obsession". No, not the Rock Hudson/Jane Wyman version, but the Robert Taylor/Irene Dunn version, made in 1935. Look this movie up on IMDb.
Another similar movie is the John Travolta offering, "Phenomenon", from 1996. All of these movies are so underestimated and undervalued by those who may need to take to heart the message of these movies the most.
All these movies cast a glance at the fact that maybe, just maybe, as Walt Whitman so aptly said, "...man is not all included between his hat and his boots."
Miss Bala (2011)
Tragic, Very Unsettling and Descriptive
This movie focuses on the life of a lovely, young woman from Tijuana, Mexico who has dreams of becoming a beauty contest queen in Baja California...but things go terribly wrong.
It is a haunting dramatic and very disturbing movie; a tragic story that does not have to be fiction! You can see, as the story unfolds, just how deplorable and costly, not only in money, the Colombian drug pipeline into the United States and the rest of the world in general is, in reality.
If even a small portion of this movie is factual, we citizens of the United States, in particular, are in a very grave position...all of us. In jeopardy of losing everything that had been built in our previous 237 years...
When future historians mark our passage through this epoch, they may very well become bewildered by our "handling" of the drug war problem and remark, "Why? Why?"
Seldom am I driven to make such a dramatic statement. See the movie, if you can find it on "pay" t.v. and judge for yourself.
As the movie credits roll at the end, the following statement appears in the lower margin...
"THE Mexican DRUG WAR HAS CAUSED THE DEATHS OF OVER 36,000 PEOPLE BETWEEN 2006 AND 2011. IN Mexico ALONE, DRUG TRAFFICKING GENERATES $25 BILLION DOLLARS ANNUALLY."