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The Underdog (1943)

Approved | | Drama, War | 17 October 1943 (USA)
During WWII, a small but strong-willed 12-year-old boy tries to steer his vocationally and maritally confused father straight, at the same time striving to keep his honor while the gang in ... See full summary »

Director:

William Nigh

Writers:

Ben Lithman (screenplay), Lawrence Taylor (story) (as Lawrence E. Taylor) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Barton MacLane ... John Tate
Bobby Larson ... Henry Tate
Jan Wiley ... Ämy Tate
Charlotte Wynters ... Mrs. Bailey
Conrad Binyon Conrad Binyon ... Spike
Elizabeth Valentine Elizabeth Valentine ... Mrs. Connors
Kenneth Harlan ... Eddie Mohr
George Anderson George Anderson ... Kraeger
Jack Kennedy Jack Kennedy ... Officer O'Toole
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During WWII, a small but strong-willed 12-year-old boy tries to steer his vocationally and maritally confused father straight, at the same time striving to keep his honor while the gang in his new neighborhood bully him. Nazi sympathizers connive to set up his father in a sabotage scheme. Written by JH

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COURAGE PROVED BY FIRE... Even a Quitter Can Be A Hero When The Chips Are Down!

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Drama | War

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The earliest documented telecast of this film took place in New York City Monday 15 November 1948 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

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Something Different
23 August 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Barton MacLane, wife Jan Wiley, their son Bobby Larson and their mongrel dog move into a new house. MacLane is an ex-farmer who lost his farm, and now works when he can, not anxious to go home. Larson tries to make friends with the boys in the neighborhood, but local bully Conrad Binyon mocks him, his dog and the local officer on the beat. He idolizes his absent brother, a hooligan who is now in the army. There are subplots about the dog being trained unsuccessfully as a wardog and local saboteurs.

At first glance, it's a cheap and unmemorable PRC offering, directed by William Nigh. Yet it is al an unusual take on patriotism and war effort. The family is definitely White Trash, and they live in a neighborhood befitting their status. None of their plans come off, and they are broke. Yet there's an edge to this movie that cannot be denied. With all the movies about comfortable, middle-class families and the effects of the war on them, this low-class effort is another class heard from. It doesn't improve the hokey plot and poor production, but it offers a different viewpoint.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 1943 (USA) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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