Small screen adaptation of the James Jones bestseller, with Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Frank Sinatra. Socko entertainment for big business. Columbia release of Buddy Adler production. Stars Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed, Frank Sinatra; fea-tures Philip Ober. Mickey Shaughnessy, Harry Bellaver, Ernest Borgnine, Jack Warden, John Dennis, Merle Travis, Tim Ryan Arthur Keegan, Barbara Morrison. Directed by Fred Zinnemann. Screenplay, Daniel Taradash, based on novel by James Jones; camera, Burnett Guffey; editor. William Lyon; song, James Jones, Fred Karger, Robert Wells; background music, George Duning; musical direction, Morris Stoloff. Previewed July 23. ’53. Running time, 118 MINS.
Sgt. Milton Warden – Burt Lancaster
Robert E. Lee Prewitt – Montgomery Clift
Karen Holmes – Deborah Kerr
Lorene – Donna Reed
Angelo Maggio – Frank Sinatra
Capt. Dana Holmes – Philip Ober
Sgt. Leva – Mickey Shaughnessy
Mazzioli – Harry Bellaver
Sgt. “Fatso” Judson – Ernest Borgnine
Corp. Buskley – Jack Warden
Sgt. Ike Galovitch – John Dennis
Sal Anderson – Merle Travis
Sgt. Pete Karelsen – Tim Ryan
Treadwell – Arthur Keegan
Mrs. Kipfer – Barbara Morrison
The James Jones bestseller, “From Here to Eternity,” has become an outstanding motion picture in this smash screen adaptation. It is an important film from any angle, presenting socko entertainment for big business. The cast names are exceptionally good, the exploitation and word-of-mouth values are topnotch, and the prospects in all playdates are very bright whether special key bookings or general run.
It was not an easy task to transfer the Jones novel to the screen and still retain a substantial measure of its dramatic masculinity. Under Buddy Adler’s production guidance it emerges as a sock affair, in many instances a much better motion picture than the novel was a book. The bawdy vulgarity and the outhouse vocabulary, the pros and non-pros among its easy ladies, and the slambang indictment of Army brass have not been emasculated in the transfer to the screen, but are certainly shown in much better taste for consumption by a broader audience. It’s still raw, tough dramatic stuff of great entertainment pull for adult ticket buyers. Only a few will find it too strong for their effete tastes. Importantly, the distaffers will like it.