U.S. House Un-American Activities Committee investigators Jim McLain and Mal Baxter attempt to break up a ring of Communist Party troublemakers in Hawaii (ignoring somewhat, as do their superiors in the Congress, that membership in the Communist Party was, at the time, legal in the U.S.)Written by
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According to Scott Eyman, in his John Wayne biography, in Italy the title of this movie was changed to "Marijuana", and the dialogue soundtrack modified to indicate that McLain (John Wayne) was an agent searching for drug smugglers. See more »
When Jim returns one morning from looking for Baxter's murderer, he finds Nancy asleep. The amount of the rug covering Nancy changes between when he kisses her and when she wakes. See more »
I've had a belly full of this East Texas cotton-chopping jerk.
Did you ever chop cotton?
Nah, I'm from the country club set. That chopping cotton's for white trash and niggers!
[McLain punches Poke and a fight ensues]
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Closing credits epilogue: The Incidents in this motion picture are based on the files of the Committee on Un-American Activities, House of Representatives, Congress of the United States. Names and places have been changed. We gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of this Committee. See more »
The version released in Italy and some other European countries is retitled Marijuana and has John Wayne chasing drug smugglers instead of communists. See more »
Seen through the eyes and legitimate fears of early-50's Americans, one can understand why this movie hit a topical chord. The Red Menace was real and apologists for Communists can't make it unreal, no matter how many George Clooney movies get made.
With that said, what was John Wayne thinking when he made this idiotic, cartoonish garbage? This is the sort of movie that, when made as pro-American propaganda, is so embarrassing that it drives people over to the other side and gives aid and comfort to this nation's enemies. All the people who are still alive and were involved in the production of the ludicrous anti-Commie Pinko, anti-intellect (not anti-intellectual), Reefer Madness-level trash should have to write an explanation for why they didn't read the script and just say no!
Regardless of your politics, you've got to get a copy of Big Jim McLain and watch for its comedy value. I saw it thirty years ago on the afternoon movie on KXLY-TV in Spokane, and I still can't get the image of the young black Marine happily trucking up the gangplank of a troopship to head off to Korea.
Wow, what fun!
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