Review: ‘Objective, Burma!’

Yarn [from an original story by Alvah Bessie] deals with a paratroop contingent dropped behind the Japanese lines in Burma to destroy a radar station. The chutists achieve their objective but while returning to a desig- nated spot to be picked up by planes and flown back to the base they're overtaken by Japs. Then follows a series of exciting experiences by the troopers against overwhelming odds.

Yarn [from an original story by Alvah Bessie] deals with a paratroop contingent dropped behind the Japanese lines in Burma to destroy a radar station. The chutists achieve their objective but while returning to a desig- nated spot to be picked up by planes and flown back to the base they’re overtaken by Japs. Then follows a series of exciting experiences by the troopers against overwhelming odds.

The film has considerable movement, particularly in the early reels, and the tactics of the paratroopers are authentic in their painstaking detail. However, while the scripters have in the main achieved their purpose of heightening the action, there are scenes in the final reels that could have been edited more closely.

Flynn gives a quietly restrained performance as the contingent’s leader, while supporting players who also perform capably are Henry Hull, as a war correspondent; William Prince, James Brown, George Tobias, Dick Erdman and Warner Anderson.

1945: Nominations: Best Original Story, Editing, Scoring of a Dramatic Picture

Objective, Burma!

Production

Warner. Director Raoul Walsh; Producer Jerry Wald; Screenplay Ranald MacDougall, Lester Cole; Camera James Wong Howe; Editor George Amy; Music Franz Waxman; Art Director Ted Smith

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1945. Running time: 142 MIN.

With

Errol Flynn Henry Hull William Prince James Brown George Tobias Warner Anderson
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