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|BETWEEN HEAVEN AND HELL (director: Richard Fleischer; screenwriters: Harry Brown/based on a novel by Francis I. Gwaltney; cinematographer: Leo Tover; editor: James B. Clark; music: Hugo Friedhofer; cast: Robert Wagner (Sam Gifford), Terry Moore (Jenny Gifford), Buddy Ebsen (Pvt. Willie Crawford), Broderick Crawford (Capt. 'Waco' Grimes), Robert Keith (Col. Cousins), Harvey Lembeck (Pvt. Bernie Meleski), Frank Gorshin (Pvt. Millard Co.G), Scatman Crothers (George), Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer (Savage), Skip Homeier (Pvt. Swanson Co.G), I. Q. Jones (Pvt. Kenny Co.G), Mark Damon (Pvt. Terry Co. G), Brad Dexter (Lt. Joe 'Little Joe' Johnson), Tod Andrews (Lt. Ray Mosby), Frank Gerstle (Col. Miles); Runtime: 94; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: David Weisbart; Twentieth Century-Fox; 1956)|
|"Entertaining but not too
psychological war drama."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
("Armed Car Robbery"/"The Narrow Margin"/"The Boston
entertaining but not too believable psychological war
offers life lessons in getting along with others. It's
novel by Francis
and is written by Harry Brown.
arrogant and treats
his sharecroppers like animals. His pretty wife Jenny
objects to his mean-spirited treatment of the help.
After Pearl Harbor, the
National Guard unit
where Sam is a sergeant is called up to active duty.
(Robert Keith), the company commander, is Sam's
father-in-law. The unit is sent to the Pacific, where Sam
earns a Silver Medal for heroics during a beach
landing. Cousins gets
killed by a sniper and the inept Lt. Ray Mosby (Tod
command. When he mows down on a patrol, in a panic
attack, three of
Sam's buddies, the sergeant furiously attacks the
officer and nearly
beats him to death. Colonel Miles (Frank
him to private
and decides not to send him to prison in Leavenworth
but to fight the
Japanese on an unnamed Pacific island in 1945. The George Company commander is the
and psychopathic Capt. 'Waco' Grimes (Broderick
runs an unorthodox
dangerous mission atop a mountain outpost, Sam
Crawford (Buddy Ebsen), a sharecropper in civilian
life, and by talking
with him openly realizes sharecroppers are also human
beings. A reformed Sam now vows to treat his
sharecroppers with more
squad was wiped
out and the two lone survivors are being attacked by a
large group of
The life lessons were not
the action scenes were well-done and a brooding Wagner
plays the part
well. Under a less talented director, this pic might
have gone astray
and been overwhelmed by its sentimentality.
REVIEWED ON 6/28/2011 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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