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Big Jim McLain (1952)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, History | 30 August 1952 (USA)
In the post-war Hawaii, House Un-American Activities Committee investigators Jim McLain and Mal Baxter hunt down Communists.

Director:

Edward Ludwig

Writers:

Stephen Vincent Benet (quotes from "The Devil And Dan'l Webster"), James Edward Grant | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Wayne ... Jim McLain
Nancy Olson ... Nancy Vallon
James Arness ... Mal Baxter
Alan Napier ... Sturak
Veda Ann Borg ... Madge
Hans Conried ... Robert Henried
Hal Baylor ... Poke
Gayne Whitman ... Dr. Gelster
Gordon Jones ... Olaf
Robert Keys Robert Keys ... Edwin White
John Hubbard ... Lt. Cmdr. Clint Grey
Soo Yong ... Mrs. Namaka (as Madame Soo Yong)
Dan Liu Dan Liu ... Dan Liu - Honolulu Chief of Police (as Honolulu Chief Of Police Dan Liu)
Paul Hurst ... Mr. Lexiter
Vernon 'Red' McQueen Vernon 'Red' McQueen ... Phil Briggs (as Red McQueen)
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Storyline

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 Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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FILMED in HAWAII and FILLED with EXCITEMENT! See more »


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Trivia

Final film of Jay Wilsey (uncredited, as a union official). See more »

Goofs

When Jim and Madge are walking through a hotel lobby, a moving shadow of the boom microphone can be seen on the wall behind them in two shots. See more »

Quotes

Nancy Vallon: He just is a neuter in the personality.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Alternate Versions

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 »

Connections

Featured in Stars of the Silver Screen: John Wayne (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Marine's Hymn
(uncredited)
Played during the last scene on the docks
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This film needs to be viewed in the context of the times.
18 November 1999 | by amjohnsonSee all my reviews

While Big Jim McLain will hardly rank with the greatest of John Wayne's films, it expresses the conflict between loyal American citizens and law enforcement officials and the threat posed by Soviet agents. Only since the release of some of the USSR archives can we see how real the threat was although rarely as simplistic as the film shows it. Big Jim McLain needs to be viewed in the context of its times just as other US wartime action films reflect the tenor of our role in World War II and how people saw the enemy of that day.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 August 1952 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$826,000 (estimated)
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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