Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Otto Kruger, Elissa Landi, Donald Woods, Frank Jenks, Rick Vallin
Director: William Nigh
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Military & War
Studio: Gotham (dba Alpha) Release Date: 03/29/2007
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Steven Hellerstedt | 03/22/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Wealthy socialite and, as we later learn, brilliant surgeon Dr. Royce Lee (Elissa Landi) schleps 10,000 miles to the Philippines to rendezvous with, and marry, Dr. Jan Stockman (Otto Krueger), a pleasant (albeit a tad absent minded and disorganized) jungle doctor. Ominously, CORREGIDOR, a movie named for an island that was the site of a crushing Allied defeat at the hands of the Japanese in 1942, begins its existence as a Somerset Maugham-ish White-Tie Love in the Mango Fields type love story. Anyway, even though Dr. Royce sent an explanatory letter four months ago, the news of the wedding still comes as a bit of a (not disagreeable) shock to Dr. Jan.
No sooner are the nuptials joined then a squadron of Japanese planes darken the air and proceed to make hash out of the doctors' jungle home, wiping out the wedding guests in the process. It's at this point that CORREGIDOR makes it first uneasy transition into action movie mode. The courageous newlyweds begin the six-hundred mile trek to Manila, hiking through jungle sets and bushy back lots, avoiding the Enemy as best they can, until finally stumbling upon a small unit of American infantrymen. A half-dozen or so Enemy enter stage right, half-heartedly fire at the Heroes. The Heroes fire back and saunter off, if that's not too energetic a word for it, and somehow lose their pursuers. The movie will go on to squander the rest of its miserable existence alternating melodramatic and overly complicated romantic subplots (there's a Dr. Michael at Corregidor...) with static and awkwardly staged action sequences. About the only consistent quality in this movie is its lack of continuity.
One saving grace of CORREGIDOR is its willingness, verging on mania, to kill off most of its annoying secondary players. Unfortunately, it kills off one at the end of act two only to have Dr. Royce hand a baby off to her in the middle of act three. Not to be outdone by its melodramatic half, the action sequences also shown a strong aversion to keeping things straight. An Enemy monoplane fighter is fatally shot but it's a biplane that plummets to earth.
To be fair, the movie was released in spring of 1943, about nine months after the real article surrendered. That's a short incubation period for a movie, which may explain, if not excuse, some of its more glaring flaws. This is a pep rally movie, and it gave the viewing public a chance to see one rousing infantry charge (complete with Battle Hymn of the Republic underscoring), the Enemy in disreputable retreat, and a stern scene of American defiance in defeat.
Still, CORREGIDOR is a bad movie, and whatever emotional charge it once carried dissipated long ago. The actors are much better than the material, especially Otto Krueger. I don't recall seeing him in anything else, but he combines the unpretentious amiability of a Jimmy Stewart with the melancholy detachment of a Leslie Howard. Krueger doesn't have their charisma or star power, but his good performance is wasted in this one.
Fans of war movies may find CORREGIDOR moderately interesting.
Mr. David W. Calcott | Sydney Australia | 09/13/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"As a fan of World War 2 Movies especially those made during the
period 39/45 I must say that I thought the people who had this
example up for sale should be prosecuted for the pathetic quality
in image , its an insult to ones enteligence . I am all for old
movies to be remembered , but in this case if they could not have
found a better copy to sell ,it degrades the film to a level which it does not deserve . DVD is supposed to be reasonable
quality , this example is disgusting . To have the nerve to offer
it for sale is unbeleivable ."
Can't tell much about the movie because the transfer is the
John D. Page | usa | 05/09/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"from what little i could make out,this may have been good. i can't say because this is so poor that at times you can't hear a thing and the static and grain are all over the picture. the pits leave it alone and spend your money on something worth while"
Christopher Neenan | Rome, Italy | 03/08/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Vintage WW2 film and with a fascinating discussion about living with the truth in the triangular love theme , especially in the desperate situation the defenders find themselves in. Battle scenes are all paper models, but that does not detract from the classic quality of the film. It is creaky with the 'special effects' but it is so much more 'credible' and provocative than the 'Pearl Harbor' done with glossy effects recently."