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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

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 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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THE BIG MAN IN HIS BIG ADVENTURE! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 August 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jim McLain See more »

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Budget:

$826,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film was rushed into release to beat two other John Wayne films, RKO's Jet Pilot (1957), which was not released until 1957, and Republic's The Quiet Man (1952). See more »

Goofs

When the plane taking McLain to another island begins taxiing, the door is still partly open. See more »

Quotes

Jim McLain: Lot of wonderful things written into our constitution that were meant for honest decent citizens. I resent the fact that it can be used and abused by the very people who want to destroy it.
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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

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: The Conqueror (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Marine's Hymn
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Played during the last scene on the docks
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Honest Story of the Communist Threat
30 September 2004 | by redeckSee all my reviews

While the brainwashed elite criticize this story of how Communism threatened the security of America in the 1950s, any unbiased viewer will understand a piece of history that has since been revised.

This movie was made while the liberal elite defended their liberalism by making a straw man of Senator McCarthy. John Wayne understood the real threat of Communism and their spies in America. Making this movie was unpopular then, nevertheless now; Wayne was a brave patriot who should be commended for doing the principled thing, however unpopular.

The liberal politicians and the media has waged war on the fight against communism for 40 years. That repeated mantra of group thinking has obscured the real attitudes of that era. This movie is valuable for the independent minded; it shows a history and culture that Hollywood wants to deny and ignore in the same way the Klan wants to deny and ignore the Holocaust.

It is not Wayne's best film. It is probably the least seen. However, a student of history or a student of Wayne's character should view the movie.


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