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|BATTLE AT BLOODY BEACH (director: Herbert Coleman; screenwriters: story by Richard Maibaum/Richard Maibaum/Willard Willingham; cinematographer: Kenneth Peach; editor: Jodie Copelan; music: Henry Vars; cast: Audie Murphy (Craig Benson), Gary Crosby (Marty Sackler), Dolores Michaels (Ruth Benson), Alejandro Rey (Julio Fontana), Marjorie Stapp (Caroline Pelham), Barry Atwater (Jeff Pelham), E. J. Andre (Dr. Van Bart), Dale Ishimoto (Blanco), William Mims (M'Keever), Miriam Colon (Nahni), Pilar Seurat (Camota); Runtime: 83; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Richard Maibaum; 20th Century Fox; 1961)|
|"WW II adventure story that turns into an
awkward love triangle melodrama."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
Herbert Coleman ("Posse From Hell") in a so-so way directs this
B-film WW II adventure story that turns into
an awkward love triangle melodrama. It's based on
the story by Richard Maibaum, and
is shot in black and white.
American businessman Craig
Benson (Audie Murphy) has just married San Francisco
honey Ruth (Dolores
the Japanese attack Manilla and the two separate. Two
years go by and they are still apart. Craig gets a job
as a civilian who supplies Filipino guerrilla fighters
with weapons from the American military, and goes to
islands in search
of his wife (the real reason he took on this mission).
As the film opens, Craig lands on an island where he's
aided by laid-back party animal Marty
Sackler (Gary Crosby), a U. S. Marine radio
operator, who lives with two native honeys. When
Craig takes to the hills with his native guide
Blanco (Dale Ishimoto), he makes contact with
guerrilla leader Julio
Fontana (Alejandro Rey). The guerrilla then
brings down from the hills a group of American
survivors who are in hiding and one of them is his
wife. The problem is Ruth fell in love with Julio
after she thought hubby was killed and refuses to go
back home with hubby. The group goes down to the
beach, while Craig contacts a U.S. submarine who
will pick up the Americans and take them to
Australia. Before the sub arrives, the Japanese
attack. Marty is eaten by a shark when he swims from
ship the Americans are staying at to
his hilltop radio shack to call for help. But the
resourceful Craig rounds up the guerrilla fighters
and with the Navy weapons defeats a few battalions
of the Japanese army occupiers. When the submarine
finally arrives, Ruth gives up her partisan cause to
go with her heroic practical-minded hubby after her
guerrilla leader lover showed he couldn't fight like
her macho-man hubby.
REVIEWED ON 6/1/2010 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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