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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Brando's Mission Is A Secret From Customers


Another Turning Point Of The War: Morituri (1965)

Man without a country Marlon Brando is dispatched on secret mission to sabotage a German freighter hauling precious rubber to Axis ports. This was, surprisingly for 1965 and 20th Fox, black-and-white and 1.85. There was also monkeying with the title post-release so as to juice interest (Saboteur: Code Name Morituri), but getting back an extravagant $5.9 million spent on the negative was past hope in a market crowded with spy and impossible mission yarns. Morituri took only three million in worldwide rentals and posted a $4.1 million loss, Fox's worst for that year next to The Agony and The Ecstasy. Was Brando a right fit for action/adventure? He's too genteel in SS officer disguise, despite being told by command officer Trevor Howard that he must display cruelty in accord with enemy habit. Morituri is notches below war exploit done elsewhere, the 60's being a boon for these what with WWII veterans willing to leave their TV's now and again to buy a ticket. An Operation Crossbow or Von Ryan's Express could thus click, but Morituri by its very title was non-specific as to setting and theme, dooming the show to arid attendance.

3 Comments:

Blogger Reg Hartt said...

Okay, so I haven't got a copy of Jackie's memoirs and you are driving me NUTS!

Please either post the details for us all or send me a private email (preferably for all).

I like MORITURI.

1:55 PM  
Blogger AHumbleStudent said...

You can get a taste of the Cooper-Crawford relationship here: http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20489077,00.html

3:30 PM  
Blogger Reg Hartt said...

Thanks. Good on Joan. Of course, today she would get busted for being with a minor.

Years ago a very good looking fellow I knew had low self esteem due to size.

He disappeared for a couple of years. He had met a much older woman who taught him it's not what we have but what we do with what wee (deliberate) have. It was amazing watching him enter a room. Every woman in it automatically moved towards him. Of course, his low self-esteem vanished. In these days when just about every second junk email offers to make bigger what nature has given us I encourage young men to find older women who can teach them the same lesson.

5:38 PM  

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