Objective, Burma!

Objective, Burma!

Errol Flynn
Director: Raoul Walsh Cast: Errol Flynn
Errol Flynn
, Henry Hull
Henry Hull
, William Prince
William Prince
Raoul Walsh


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A few corny moments aside, Objective Burma must rate as one of the best combat films of WW2. Errol Flynn stars as Captain Nelson, who leads a hardy band of paratroopers behind enemy lines in Burma, for the purpose of destroying a Japanese radar station. Their mission accomplished, Nelson and his men prepare to make their escape by plane, but this proves to be impossible. It is therefore necessary for the surviving paratroops to make a grueling 150-mile journey by foot through the Japanese-held jungle, in hopes of eventually reaching their own lines. With the exception of Henry Hull, who delivers a mannered, strained performance as an Ernie Pyle-like war correspondent, the performances are uniformly excellent, with Flynn, George Tobias and William Prince standing out. Director Raoul Walsh and cinematographer James Wong Howe stage the combat scenes (filmed on the "Lucky" Baldwin Santa Anita ranch) with brutal efficiency, showing little but conveying a lot in the way of gore and carnage. The strangest sequence (at least to modern viewers) has the paratroopers expressing horror and disgust at a vicious sneak attack by the Japanese-which occurs only a few reels after the Americans have staged an equally merciless attack on a Japanese unit! In England, Objective Burma was taken to task by newspaper journalist who felt that the Americans were unfairly taking full credit for the success of the Burmese campaign. The ensuing hue and cry compelled Warner Bros. to issue an apology, and to withhold the British release of the film until 1952, at which time it was accompanied by a lengthy prologue title extolling England's contribution to the Burma invasion. Originally released at 142 minutes, Objective Burma is usually shown on TV in its 128-minute reissue form.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/02/2014
UPC: 0888574092153
Original Release: 1945
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 2:22:00
Sales rank: 7,404

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Errol Flynn Maj. Nelson
Henry Hull Mark Williams
William Prince Lt. Sid Jacobs
James Brown Sgt. Treacy
George Tobias Gabby Gordon
Warner Anderson Col. Carter
John Alvin Hogan
Hugh Beaumont Capt. Hennessey
John Whitney Negulesco
Joel Allen Brophy
Frank Tang Capt. Li
William Hudson Hollis
Rodd Redwing Sgt. Chattu
John Sheridan Copilot
Lester Matthews Maj. Fitzpatrick
Erville Alderson Gen. Stilwell
Carlyle Blackwell Pilot
Kit Carson Actor
George Tyne Soapy Higgins
Shephard Houghton Actor
Peter Kooy Actor
Harlan Miller Paratrooper
Mark Stevens Lieutnant Baker
Richard Erdman Nebraska Hooper
Anthony Caruso Miggleori

Technical Credits
Raoul Walsh Director
George J. Amy Editor
Alvah Bessie Screenwriter
Lester Cole Screenwriter
Edwin DuPar Special Effects
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Charles S. Galvraith Consultant/advisor
James Wong Howe Cinematographer
Ranald MacDougall Screenwriter
Jack McConaghy Set Decoration/Design
C.A. Riggs Sound/Sound Designer
Ted Smith Art Director
Jerry Wald Producer
Jack L. Warner Executive Producer
Franz Waxman Score Composer
Perc Westmore Makeup

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