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Bogie as Predator
- Dagmar Bolivar
Realistic settings that look a lot like wartime Korea, and authentic-looking actors, set up potential for this movie. But it derails quickly into a romance drama. Bogart's Major Jed Webbe practices workplace harassment of rookie nurse Lieutenant Ruth McGara (June Allyson). The Major repeats his advances despite the Lieutenant's firm and unequivocal No's, until his persistence pays off in keeping with 1950's male wish fulfillment. From this point on, Ruth is as co-dependent as they come, while Jed's selfish behavior is considered a natural byproduct of his brilliance and sensitivity in the face of the horrors of war and having his heart broken before. Ruth gets advice from the Colonel, who says, "Maybe you've been using the wrong tactics. Maybe instead of withdrawing, you should be advancing." Blech.
First Class Wartime Movie
- Jim Smith
Good story, good pace, big plus as its in black and white, has a 'real feel' and top notch Allison ad Bogart performances. Interesting that an average looking, average appearing but on the slight side man such as Bogart made so many first class performances.
Hope It Gets Frequent Showings
To make it short and sweet,I loved it!Didn't expect much from blurbs elsewhere,but Allyson & Bogie worked well together,esp in comical falls outside shower tent in the mud!Bogie may not have been happy on the set,but it was a well worth seeing film to me.Love early career appearance of Steve Forrest ~1hr 25 minutes into film,before they arrive at final stage.
- Jarrod McDonald
June Allyson and Humphrey Bogart have great chemistry in this film. They're a lot of fun to watch. The best scene is the one where they're running through the rain and falling in the mud. Obviously, they're the inspiration for the Hawkeye and Hot Lips characters in the Altman film as well as the TV series. One thing I realized about the TV version is that the doctors and nurses don't really uproot and move around like they do in this movie. The M in MASH stands for mobile. And historically, Bogey makes a comment about there being three major world conflicts in the 20th century. That tells me they thought Korea would turn into another World War. Little did they know that Vietnam and the Persian Gulf would also occur before the millennium.
You go Junie
- I <3 Junie
This is one of my favorite June Allyson movies and it will remain that. And all of you are right, the set is like the one from the TV show MASH. I wish they didn't copy it. But it is still the best movie with Junie in it.
I totally agree w/ Wayne. "Battle Circus" set the standard, clear cut a path that the movie "MASH" merely sauntered down. Especially the opening scenes; the helicopters, the aerial view of the camp, the removal of the patients, down to the 3 nurses arriving in a jeep, as opposed to a truck with Duke, was lifted from "Battle Circus".I think Ring Lardner got an Oscar for stealing from "Battle Circus" and for transcribing directly from the novel.Easy award.
MASH was a remake of "Battle Circus."
I think you have it backwards, MASH TV had sets that looked like the sets used in "Battle Circus".I am not as impressed with MASH, the movie or the TV show, after seeing "Battle Circus."
just wanted to point out; for those that are interested: the sets in this movie look exactly like the sets in the TV show "MASH".