“There’s nothing so terrible as war.”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
… though it’s questionable how much of a role Hess himself actually played in the evacuation, given that (much to Sirk’s consternation) he was overly involved in the making of the film and the crafting of his image. The screenplay itself is pure Americana hokum of the 1950s, showing Hudson leaving behind a beautiful housewife (Martha Hyer):
… while also sparking (unintentional) romantic flames with an ethereally beautiful Korean-Indian woman (Anna Kashfi) who ends up caring for the orphans Hudson finds running around his base:
Perhaps most cringe-worthy is the inclusion of a bearded elderly Christian Korean (Philip Ahn) who dispenses pearls of wisdom to Hudson at just the right moments (“In order to save, at times we must destroy”):
At least Dan Duryea has a fun comedic role as a sergeant who gets to cleverly steal candy and gum from the Navy (!):
… and Hudson acquits himself nobly as the handsome pilot who “redeems” himself.
Notable Performances, Qualities, and Moments: