Men In War (1957)

Mike's Take On the Movies .......... Rediscovering Cinema's Past

Considering this was directed by Anthony Mann I couldn’t help but wonder if James Stewart was approached to play a grizzled war veteran with a platoon of men at his command behind enemy lines in the Korean Conflict. The reason for that thought is he had been working with Stewart throughout the 1950’s for a total of 8 films. The ninth was apparently to be Night Passage. A western that Stewart went on to make without Mann behind the camera, also released in 1957. The leading character for Men In War is not unlike some of Stewart’s western portrayals but I must say in Robert Ryan’s capable hands we’ve no need to worry. Ryan was no stranger to Mann having worked for him in the excellent The Naked Spur opposite Stewart in 1953.

Ryan’s portrayal of Lt. Benson is very akin to the role of Deke Thornton, the weary lawman…

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Aldo Ray on TCM all day Sep. 25th 2018

Exciting news! In honor of Aldo Ray’s birthday next Tuesday, Turner Classic Movies is playing Aldo Ray films all day long. Aldo Ray was born Sep. 25, 1926 in Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania and died on March 27, 1991 in Martinez, California.

Aldo Ray’s movie THE NAKED AND THE DEAD is also now available on Blu-Ray and can be purchased at the TCM Shop.

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6:45 AM

DAY THEY ROBBED THE BANK OF ENGLAND, THE ( 1960)

Turn-of-the-century Irish patriots plan to overthrow the British government.

Dir:  John Guillermin Cast:  Aldo Ray Elizabeth Sellars Peter O’Toole .

BW- 85 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

8:30 AM

BATTLE CRY ( 1955)

A group of Marines eagerly await deployment during World War II.

Dir:  Raoul Walsh Cast:  Van Heflin Aldo Ray Mona Freeman .

C- 148 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

11:15 AM

NAKED AND THE DEAD, THE ( 1958)

A green lieutenant comes up against incompetent officers and a sadistic sergeant during World War II.

Dir:  Raoul Walsh Cast:  Aldo Ray Cliff Robertson Raymond Massey .

C- 131 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

1:45 PM

GOD’S LITTLE ACRE ( 1958)

A dirt-farmer lets his family fall apart while he hunts for his grandfather’s buried gold.

Dir:  Anthony Mann Cast:  Robert Ryan Aldo Ray Buddy Hackett .

BW- 118 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

4:00 PM

MEN IN WAR ( 1957)

Two enemies join forces to save their men during a retreat from the North Koreans.

Dir:  Anthony Mann Cast:  Robert Ryan Aldo Ray Robert Keith .

BW- 98 mins,

6:00 PM

PAT AND MIKE ( 1952)

Romance blooms between a female athlete and her manager.

Dir:  George Cukor Cast:  Spencer Tracy Katharine Hepburn Aldo Ray .

BW- 95 mins, CC,