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Blaine Allan <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 4 Jul 1994 15:48:30 EDT
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On Sat, 2 Jul 1994 12:59:29 -0600 Donald Larsson said:
>CHINA GATE, possibly the earliest Hollywood Vietnam flick (1957), dealing
>with the French phase of the struggle, before Dien Bien Phu.  As I recall,
>it's sort of a thinking person's GREEN BERETS, with a surprisingly solid
>supporting performance by Nat King Cole.  Dalio also has a supporting role.
Not to get into a slanging match about what was first, biggest, or best
(especially when Sam Fuller's concerned), but Warners released a feature
titled Jump Into Hell, which is about Dien Bien Phu, in 1955.  It was
produced by David Weisbart (who produced the rather higher-profiled
Rebel Without A Cause for Warners that same year) and directed by David
Butler, and includes actuality footage amid the backlot combat.  By
coincidence or not, it also casts Marcel Dalio in a supporting part.
Blaine Allan                           [log in to unmask]
Film Studies
Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario
Canada  K7L 3N6