Agnes Newton Keith’s deeply affecting autobiog of hardships in a Jap prison camp [in Borneo] has been turned from print to celluloid without any easing of the book’s harrowing impact.
Many of the scenes are tearjerkers in the better sense of the word. Particularly effective is the sequence which portrays the principal character, an American woman (Claudette Colbert) married to a British administrator, crawling wretchedly under barbed wire and through the jungle to keep a tryst with her husband.
The rigid, implacable conduct of the jailers is related convincingly. There are brutal Japs and there are others just doing a job. That is the import of the pic. The colonel in command is brilliantly delivered by the oldtime, silent star, Sessue Hayakawa.