Motion Picture Reviews (1943)

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MOTION PICTURE REVIEWS Three MOTION « PICTURE « REVIEWS Published bi-monthly for STATE DIVISION, AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN and WOMEN’S UNIVERSITY CLUB OF LOS ANGELES Cooperating Branches Long Beach San Gabriel Valley Rio Hondo Glendale Santa Monica Whittier EDITORS Mrs. Palmer Cook Mrs. J. Allen Davis Mrs. Laura O. Vruwink Mrs. Chester A. Ommanney, Preview Chairman Mrs. E. P. Fleming, Business Manager Address all communications to Motion Picture Reviews, P. O. Box 9251, Los Angeles, California 15c Per Copy - - $1.00 Per Year Vol. XVm JANUARY-FEBRUARY No. 1 Copyright 1942 by Motion Picture Reviews FEATURE FILMS AIR FORCE O O John Ridgeley, John Garfield, Harry Carey, Gig Young, Arthur Kennedy, Charles Drake, George Tobias, Ward Wood, Stanley Ridges, Willard Robertson, Moroni Olsen, Edward S. Brophy, Richard Lane, Fay Emerson, Addi- son Richards, James Flavin, Ann Doran, Dorothy Peterson. Original screen play by Dudley Nichols. Music by Franz Waxman. Direction by Howard Hawks. Produced by Hal B. Wallis. Warner Bros. Through cooperation with the War De- partment, at last the motion picture industry is giving us semi-documentary films which bring us closer to a factual understanding of the battle front. “Air Force” is one of these. It tells the story of a B-17 Fortress, which its devoted crew affectionately calls the “Mary Ann,” and it is all her story, for although each member of her crew is given an opportunity to distinguish himself, interest is focused on the giant air ship rather than on the human values. The spectacular flight begins as a routine peace operation from San Francisco on December 6, 1941. As the ship nears Hawaii, the radio operator cannot reach Hickam Field and is confused and shocked to hear explo- sions and excited Jap voices on the air. Finally Hickam Field comes through with orders not to land, but the “Mary Ann” is out of gas and her crew must take the chance. They are without bombs because the flight was undertaken in peace time and they can- not fight. They make the hazardous landing and, refueling, leave at once for Manila by way of Wake Island. From then on the ex- periences of the bomber and its crew are exciting and emotional. Granted that the final reels are almost too good to be true, they tell us what we want to believe and they in no way lessen the real value of the picture. It is a splendid picture of the men in our air force, their loyalty, ingenuity and magnificent courage. It informs us of the technical skill required of the crew members, working in close cooperation for efficiency. The cast is superb, John Ridgeley, John Gar- field and Harry Carey being outstanding. “Air Force” is one of the finest epics of the air yet to be filmed. Adolescents, 12 to 16 Children, 8 to 12 Excellent Excellent * THE AMAZING MRS. HOLLIDAY O ❖ Deanna Durbin, Edmond O'Brien, Barry Fitzgerald, Arthur Treacher, Esther Dale, Harry Davenport, Frieda Inescort, Elizabeth Risdon, Grant Mitchell, J. Frank Hamilton and the children, Christopher Severn, Yvonne Severn, Vido Rich, Mila Rich, Ted- dy Infuhr, Linda Bieber, Diane Dubois, Bill Ward, Chinese Baby. Screen play by Frank Ryan and John Jacoby, adapted by Boris Ingster and Leo Townsend from a story by Sonya Levien. Direction by Bruce Man- ning. Universal. In comparison with some of Deanna Dur- bin’s other pictures this is slightly disappoint-