By Paul M. Edwards
Written by means of a well informed movie critic and Korean battle student, this can be the single consultant solely dedicated to the examine of Hollywood and tv motion pictures in keeping with the Korean warfare, 1950-1953. It opens with 8 brief essays, discussing the attraction of the battle movie style, executive and filmmaker cooperation, the isolation of Korean warfare motion pictures from different battle motion pictures, why John Wayne did not make a Korean struggle movie, the opposite actors who did, the plots of Korean conflict movies, tv and Korean battle movies, and the myths due to movies. Eighty-four motion pictures are then mentioned in alphabetically prepared entries.
The entries contain construction unit, colour prestige, manufacturer, director, screenwriter, actors and actresses, motion picture size, and the author's numerical ranking of the movie. The statement locations each one movie in the context of alternative battle movies, the Korean warfare, developments in Hollywood, and the social and political realities of the USA. the movies are also indexed chronologically. manufacturers, administrators, screenwriters, actors, and actresses are listed by way of accountability and are incorporated within the common index. The e-book additionally presents an inventory of 109 documentary motion pictures on hand for public viewing.
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The fear of brainwashing was also the source of several films. An underlying assumption of many of these war films was that the American soldiers were weak, and that they gave in too easily to the communist demands. The films often portrayed Americans who lacked the basic values necessary to withstand brainwashing. This was the theme of Time Limit (1957). The American's willingness to capitulate is the theme in The Rack (1956). The film most responsible for the continued belief in "brainwashing" was The Manchurian Candidate (1962) in which an American was programmed to assassinate the candidate for the American presidency.
This plan, called Korean Augmentation to United States Army (KATUSA), was only mildly successful. There is strong evidence that neither Hollywood nor the American people had any clear idea about why the war in Korea was fought. Americans were facing, for the first time, the idea of a limited war and it was difficult to understand. The American military had never lost a war and the government had always demanded "unconditional surrender" from its enemies. How had they gone from a sure victory over Germany and Japan in 1945, into an inglorious armistice in 1953?
1952) and went on to star in several other Korean War films. Ronald Reagan appeared in Prisoner of War (1954), George Peppard and Gregory Peck in Pork Chop Hill (1959), and Robert Ryan in Men in War (1957). The powerhouse E. G. Marshall appeared in The Bamboo Prison (1954). Dan Duryea appeared in his usual supporting role in Battle Hymn (1957). James Arness was John Wayne's sidekick in Big Jim McLain (1952) and the story is that Wayne, who turned down the Matt Dillon role, recommended Arness. Sterling Hayden, also a powerful actor who never reached great popularity, played Admiral Hoskin in The Eternal Sea (1955).
A Guide to Films on the Korean War by Paul M. Edwards