Bataan is Playing on TCM on October 15 (USA)

“Bataan”  (1943) is playing on Turner Classic Movies on Tue, October 15, 2013 08:30 AM est. Closed captioned.

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This is one of the best war films of its era, and it is actually less anti-Japanese than many that came later, such as John Wayne’s “Back to Bataan”. But never forget the very real and common – and ubiquitous – Japanese atrocities, which they still are loathe to admit. Here, a small number of Americans are acting as a rear guard preventing the invading Japanese from driving south on Bataan in 1942. They have to blow a bridge and hold a ravine, and are subject to snipers, air attacks, and infantry assaults. It is superbly done with a great cast (Desi Arnaz was quite good too). Robert Taylor cast off forever his pretty boy image of the 1930’s with Garbo in his very tough portrayal of the sergeant.

Most notably, “Bataan” stands out for perhaps the best and most violent hand-to-hand combat footage ever filmed, certainly the best of its era. Also, and often neglected in reviews, is that “Bataan” featured a fully INTEGRATED Army: a Jew, a black, an Hispanic, a Filipino, and so on. They were all treated equally and heroically. “Bataan” could not even be shown in parts of the South in the 1940’s due to this. Only two other movies of the WW II period featured a black fighting bravely – “Sahara” and “Crash Dive”, but none as well as here. “Bataan” is a marvelous film on many levels. A classic. Review by Kirasjeri from Brooklyn, New York for the IMDB.

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About giraffe44

I became a Robert Taylor fan at the age of 15 when his TV show, "The Detectives" premiered. My mother wanted to watch it because she remembered Mr. Taylor from the thirties. I took one look and that was it. I spent the rest of my high school career watching Robert Taylor movies on late night TV, buying photos of him, making scrapbooks and being a typical teenager. College, marriage and career intervened. I remember being sad when Mr. Taylor died. I mailed two huge scrapbooks to Ursula Thiess. I hope she got them. Time passed, retirement, moving to Florida. Then in 2012 my husband Fred pointed that there were two Robert Taylor movies that evening on Turner Classic Movies--"Ivanhoe" and "Quentin Durward." I watched both and it happened all over again. I started this blog both for fans and for people who didn't know about Robert Taylor. As the blog passes 200,000 views I'm delighted that so many people have come by and hope it will help preserve the legacy of this fine actor and equally good man.
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2 Responses to Bataan is Playing on TCM on October 15 (USA)

  1. Hello,
    I agree, an all time classic Robert Taylor & War movie in general.
    Like you, i have also done a blog on this movie, and hope you stop by and have a look.
    http://www.classicoldmoviesofyesterday.com/?p=403
    Thanks.

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