Movie Diary 4/25/2018

Landfall (Ken Annakin, 1949). A WWII tale (from a Nevil Shute novel) about a devil-may-care pilot (Michael Denison) who sinks a submarine during his English Channel patrol, only to learn the sub may have been British. The movie’s a little thin in the storytelling department, but Denison is a very engaging leading man (with an uncanny resemblance,physically and vocally, to Richard E. Grant), and his courtship with barmaid Patricia Plunkett is lively and funny. Nothing dampens the upbeat mood of a 1949 movie looking back at the Finest Hour, but the film does capture some of the awfulness of friendly fire and its place in warfare.

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