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Kings Go Forth (1958)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Romance | 28 June 1958 (USA)
Toward the end of World War II, two American soldiers fighting in Southern France become romantically involved with a young, American woman. Her background will reveal more about them than her.

Director:

Delmer Daves

Writers:

Joe David Brown (novel), Merle Miller (screenplay)
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Complete credited cast:
Frank Sinatra ... 1st Lt. Sam Loggins
Tony Curtis ... Cpl. Britt Harris
Natalie Wood ... Monique Blair
Leora Dana ... Mrs. Blair
Karl Swenson ... The Colonel
Ann Codee ... Mme. Brieux
Eddie Ryder Eddie Ryder ... Cpl. Lindsay (as Edward Ryder)
Jacques Berthe Jacques Berthe ... Jean-François Dauvah, Boy
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Race, love, and war. The Allies have landed in France, set up in a coastal town, where Lt. Sam Loggins, a serious guy from Manhattan's west side, falls hard for Monique Blair, an American raised in France. Loggins' sergeant, Britt Harris, a playboy from Jersey, also finds Monique attractive. She chooses one to love and the other to befriend after disclosing her parents' history and why she lives in France. The men say it makes no difference, a wedding is announced, and the soldiers face a dangerous mission behind enemy lines. But is everyone being truthful? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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THEY'D BEEN THROUGH THE LIVING HELL OF WAR...EATING DIRT...CRAWLING ON THEIR GUT! BUT THE REAL HELL WAS TO COME......WHEN THEY FELL IN LOVE WITH MONIQUE! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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The role of Monique was originally written with Dorothy Dandridge in mind. See more »

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All of the American military vehicles are of Korean War or later vintage. See more »

Quotes

1st Lt. Sam Loggins: How do you feel about riding in a jeep?
Mrs. Blair: It's one of the several experiences I promised myself before I die. Another is jumping out of a parachute.
1st Lt. Sam Loggins: No, dear. You jump out of a plane. You hold onto the parachute.
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KINGS GO FORTH (Delmer Daves, 1958) ***
17 May 2008 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

My father owns a paperback edition of the Joe David Brown novel which inspired this film and I recall reading it many years ago. Ever since his Oscar triumph in FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (1953), Frank Sinatra tried to augment his typically light material with heavier stuff: in 1958, he had two of the latter back-to-back (along with Vincente Minnelli’s SOME CAME RUNNING) and, curiously enough, he finds himself with the less showier of the lead roles here.

Tony Curtis’ part as the smooth-talking but put-upon charmer is effectively an extension of his Sidney Falco in Alexander Mackendrick’s SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (1957). The female roles are equally well filled: a lovely 19-year old Natalie Wood plays a young mulatto American raised in France who comes between Army “buddies” Sinatra and Curtis, while 35-year old Leora Dana is cast as Wood’s proud middle-aged mother (she must have quite impressed Sinatra because she was in SOME CAME RUNNING too – as Arthur Kennedy’s wife).

The film – backed by a fine score from Elmer Bernstein and including a jam session featuring Curtis and real-life jazz musicians – is well enough made scene by scene and certainly well acted, but the effect is slightly diluted by the unnecessary and ultra-soapy coda (Sinatra losing an arm, Dana dying, Wood gathering together and teaching war orphans – but especially the corny children’ song at the very end). The film is much more of a romantic melodrama than it is a war movie, but the few action sequences therein are good and well spread out throughout the film.

Delmer Daves may have been best renowned for his Westerns – but his very first shot as a director had actually come via a war movie, DESTINATION TOKYO (1943), and he eventually returned to the same territory intermittently with PRIDE OF THE MARINES (1945), TASK FORCE (1949) and, finally, KINGS GO FORTH itself.


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