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Unimpressive War Movie Doesn't Use 3-D Effectively
I don't remember seeing anything directed by Lesley Selander that wasn't a B western, a genre at which he excelled; his stint at LASSIE ended before I think I was aware of such things. This movie is a typical Allied Artist programmer, set during the opening of the Korean War, as Major John Hodiak struggles to train Koreans to be fighter pilots in just weeks, while fighting against his image as a coward who abandoned his co-pilot and his forbidden love for Barbara Britton, who is now married to Doctor Bruce Bennett. A very young Chuck Conners shows up as an infantry captain.
It's decent fare with good actors, but Mr. Selander doesn't seem to be able to raise much of a performance in this unpracticed genre. While the visual elements are fine for the situation, it doesn't seem that the 3-D technology adds much to the proceedings. I suspect it is my old-fashioned aesthetics at work, but I believe it would have impressed me about the same in a flat presentation.
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