“As long as munitions stay in the hands of private enterprise, war will always be around the corner.”
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that he agrees to work for an unscrupulous former boss (Atwill), only to find his trust sorely misplaced. Unfortunately, while the expose of “special interests” driving the machinery of war — and the complicity of the media in such efforts — was surely shocking at the time of the film’s release, today’s audiences will find such nefarious collaborations sadly commonplace, and thus may have a hard time relating to the enormity of Rains’ emotions (not to mention his drastic actions). Rains — always a compelling actor — is excellent in the title role (indeed, Peary nominates his performance for an Alternate Oscar), but Atwill’s “evil” character isn’t fleshed out nearly enough.
Meanwhile, Bennett (capable of much better) emerges as little more than a pretty face.
While it’s not “must see” viewing for all film fanatics, however, Claude Rains fans will certainly want to check this one out.
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