In 1950, at the onset of the Korean War, the U.S. Marines, supported by tanks, air cover and naval guns land on an enemy-controlled beach. Among the numerous American units is a platoon commanded by 1st Lt. Frank Davis. After the beach is secured, Davis' outfit is ordered to capture an enemy village. After the taking of the village, while the Marines are resting in an abandoned building, Frank Davis reminisces about his recent past and the circumstances of his first meeting with American nurse Mary Ferguson. Told in flashback, the story shows how the two met in a military hospital in Japan where Davis was convalescing. However, this reverie is suddenly interrupted by an enemy attack. In the aftermath, the wounded men are cared for by a group of army nurses and Davis is pleasantly surprised to see Mary among them. Mary has been transferred from Japan to Korea but unfortunately for Davis she also has gotten engaged to U.S. Navy Commander Bill Stoddard. Disappointed by this, Frank Davis ...Written by
This movie is not bad as long as you don't expect much. It was obviously shot on a very limited budget and was mainly done indoors with a lot of backdrops to make it look like the scenes are taking place in Korea during both the summer and winter.
The battle scenes have very little action involving the actors. Much of it is actual newsreel footage shot during WW II and The Korean War. There is so much newsreel stuff that it looks like the filmmakers were trying to flesh out the movie to make it long enough.
Scott Brady speaks his lines as though he were reading them from cue cards. Elaine Edwards gives a very wooden performance with little or no emotion at all. The best acting is done by Robert Blake, who is very good as one of the platoon members. He definitely makes the viewer take notice every time he appears in a scene.
The plot is an unusual one for a Korean War movie, with the U.S. Marines trying to rescue five Navy nurses taken prisoner by the Chinese. The senior nurse (Edwards) is the former lover of the Marine commanding officer (Brady) and that adds spice to the story. Part of this movie's problem is that all that newsreel footage gets in the way of the plot.
As long as the viewer does not require excellent production values and great acting, Battle Flame is an OK little Korean War film that can be enjoyed for its 78 minutes in black and white.
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