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Time to Kill (1945)

| Short, War | 1945 (USA)
A group of sailors kid their shipmate Frank about his constant reading, when they would all rather play cards. But each of them has a dream for the future that they consider impossible. ... See full summary »
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Cast overview:
George Reeves ... Frank
Barry Nelson ... Harry O'Brien
Don Hanmer ... Shorty
Jimmy Lydon ... Lou
Don Taylor ... George
DeForest Kelley ... Peter
Betty White ... Lou's Girl
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A group of sailors kid their shipmate Frank about his constant reading, when they would all rather play cards. But each of them has a dream for the future that they consider impossible. Harry wants a better world for his two kids, Shorty and Eddie want to start a trucking company, Joe wants to learn about engines, and another of the gang just wants to know how to write well. When Frank reveals that he's been studying to get his high school diploma and to have a career in the Navy, the others realize that the educational benefits offered by the Armed Forces Institute can help them achieve their dreams. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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1945 (USA) See more »

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The Letter See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Because for a long time the only widely-available print of this film did not have any opening titles, it was unofficially called "The Letter" in several George Reeves fan sites. A 2007 DVD release perpetuates the error. "The Letter," however, was never an official title for this film, which was made and released as "Time to Kill." See more »

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Skills you can take back to civilian life
5 July 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This Armed Forces film which must have gotten some civilian release shows a certain amount of professionalism. Among others in the cast are George Reeves, Betty White, and DeForest Kelley and in Kelley's case this was his film debut.

Time To Kill has a bunch of sailors thinking of the post war world they will be coming home to and what their aspirations for a career might be. Reeves is the most certain of the bunch, he's going to college and he wants to be a writer. He's already earmarked himself a literary career and in fact writes a letter for one of the other men to his girl as this other sailor ain't as skilled with words as Reeves.

The message of this film is that the Armed Services can and does have a lot of training available in skills you can take back to civilian life. You would be foolish not to take advantage of them. And there is the GI bill already signed into law by FDR. It was a message delivered simply and well by this film which might not be Hollywood, but still does well by its cast.

And its cast which includes a lot of familiar names and faces does well by the Armed Services.


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