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Three Stripes in the Sun (1955)

Army Master Sergeant Hugh O'Reilly is stationed in Japan after World War II. He hates the Japanese. He meets a pretty young Japanese woman, an interpreter for the Army, and through her ... See full summary »

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Richard Murphy

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Albert Duffy, E.J. Kahn Jr. (New Yorker Magazine article The Gentle Wolfhound) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Aldo Ray ... MSgt. Hugh O'Reilly
Philip Carey ... Col. William Shepherd (as Phil Carey)
Dick York ... Cpl. Neeby Muhlendorf
Chuck Connors ... Idaho Johnson
Camille Janclaire Camille Janclaire ... Sister Genevieve
Heihachirô Ôkawa Heihachirô Ôkawa ... Father Yoshida (as Heihachirô 'Henry' Ôkawa)
Tatsuo Saitô Tatsuo Saitô ... Konoya
Mitsuko Kimura Mitsuko Kimura ... Yuko
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Army Master Sergeant Hugh O'Reilly is stationed in Japan after World War II. He hates the Japanese. He meets a pretty young Japanese woman, an interpreter for the Army, and through her learns of an orphanage in need of help. He enlists other soldiers in an effort to rebuild the orphanage, and in doing so, begins to soften in his attitude toward the Japanese people. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Drama | Romance | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 November 1955 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Amours sans frontières See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Enjoyable, Pleasant Film from an Interesting Era
25 September 2012 | by sambuca62See all my reviews

While this wasn't an Oscar movie, I enjoyed this charming film on TCM. I find Aldo Ray a very interesting actor. He defines that 40s/50s rugged charisma (John Wayne-type) that I think lends itself well to the true story of a WWII veteran being touched by a Japanese woman and Japanese orphans. I really didn't know he had romantic leading man roles even though its a bit of a stretch for him at times. The movie is sensitive in its treatment of the cultural differences between the Japanese and Americans without being demeaning or hokey. Although the musical South Pacific touched upon similar themes, this doesn't always seem to be typical of the era.

Mitsuko Kimura was very good and endearing. I wonder of her acting career listed here was actually that limited. Philip Carey, Dick Sargent and Chuck Connors all were good in their supporting roles. It's kind of funny watching Chuck Connors pitch in a charity baseball game knowing he played professionally. Even though he did not pitch in the pros, it looks like he was laying off the fastball.

I also find this era in post-war Japan to be fascinating. Here you see some of Osaka and the lights of downtown Tokyo from the early-50s. It's too bad this was not filmed in color because there is some beautiful scenery around the Kyoto era.

Thank you to Alana O'Reilly and the Veterans here who give this story a personal face.


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