By Paul M. Edwards
Written by way of a educated movie critic and Korean struggle pupil, this is often the single consultant solely dedicated to the learn of Hollywood and tv movies in keeping with the Korean battle, 1950-1953. It opens with 8 brief essays, discussing the allure of the conflict movie style, executive and filmmaker cooperation, the isolation of Korean warfare movies from different conflict motion pictures, why John Wayne did not make a Korean struggle movie, the opposite actors who did, the plots of Korean conflict motion pictures, tv and Korean battle movies, and the myths because of motion pictures. Eighty-four movies are then mentioned in alphabetically prepared entries.
The entries contain creation unit, colour prestige, manufacturer, director, screenwriter, actors and actresses, motion picture size, and the author's numerical score of the movie. The observation locations every one movie in the context of different warfare motion pictures, the Korean battle, traits in Hollywood, and the social and political realities of the USA. the movies are also indexed chronologically. manufacturers, administrators, screenwriters, actors, and actresses are listed through accountability and are incorporated within the normal index. The booklet additionally offers an inventory of 109 documentary movies on hand for public viewing.
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He characterized those things which Americans wanted to find in the fighting man. Wayne established the tough commander and the patriotic role model as the charismatic but lonely leader, a man of action who wanted to fight and hated desk work. 31 Wayne did make an anti-communist film Big Jim McLain (1952). His Korean response may well have been the production of The Alamo (1960) in which he also starred. Richard D. McGhee, a Wayne biographer, says The Alamo, made in the late 1950s, is sometimes seen as a metaphor for the Korean War; "an initial defeat which leads, paradoxically, to an ultimate victory .
Of these three, all those surveyed included maps, pictures, and cartoons which reduced the content of historical discussion to less than two pages. In the coverage of the "police action" much was left out. Little was provided in terms of reasons or justifications for the conflict. Few efforts were made to identify the significance of the Korean War or to relate the events to Asia — particularly the communist victory in China — nor was there much to help the student understand America's response as a part of the larger United Nations effort.
Many Americans believed — spurred on by the Korean War film — that war was so technical and the bombs so destructive, that little was needed other than a plane, a bomb, and a place to drop it. (7) That the Marines carried the brunt of the ground war. There is no doubt the Marines made a highly significant contribution to the effort in Korea. But Korea was fought primarily by the Army. Hollywood easily centers on the role of the Marines. The Marines are colorful, they fight well, and they have a sense of corps that is easy to identify.
A Guide to Films on the Korean War by Paul M. Edwards