Wednesday, March 18, 2009
World War II Movies You Might Have Missed
Listed in order of release date the movies are:
- Mrs. Miniver (1942) – Supposedly Churchill loved this movie which won 6 of 12 Oscar nominations.
- The Human Comedy (1943) was nominated for four Oscars and won one for best writing. It features a teen-aged Mickey Rooney coping with life on the home front.
- Five Graves to Cairo (1943) – a great mystery
- So Proudly We Hail (1943) – Claudette Colbert leads the cast in a story about nurses who served in the Pacific.
- Up in Arms [VHS] (1944) – Danny Kaye sings and bungles his way through his first movie (and defeats the Japanese at the same time).
- Four Jills in a Jeep (1944) – This comedy/musical about a female entertainment troupe is based on a true story, but romanticized by Hollywood.
- The Last Chance (1945) – While not a particularly great movie, it is the first WWII movie I’ve ever seen that showed the realistic mixture of languages refugees would have spoken as they fled their various countries.
- Three Came Home (1950) – Claudette Colbert is great in this POW movie.
- Bright Victory (1951) – Interesting look at racism at that time. I love Peggy Dow.
- The Scarlet and the Black (1983 TV movie) – Gregory Peck is a Catholic priest who helps Jews and Allied soldiers during the war. An amazing story with an amazing ending.
- One Against the Wind [VHS] (1991) – A Hallmark film based on the true story of Countess Mary Lindell who helped allied soldiers escape through the French Underground.
- Entertaining the Troops [VHS] (1994) – This documentary highlights Bob Hope’s travels during the war. Actual footage is shown of some battle scenes, but since Bing Crosby is singing in the background (!), it is not very heavy.
- Paradise Road (1997) – If you missed this story of a women’s POW camp with Glenn Close and Cate Blanchett, rent it immediately. The story and acting are exceptional.
Well, there you have it. A baker’s dozen of World War II films to put on your Netflix queue. Let me know if you enjoy any of them.