Mission Over Korea (1953) Another Low-Budget Tour Of Duty
Did I dream I'd already seen this, or was it
another John Hodiak in Korea
pic? Turns out indeed it was, one called Battle Zone that figured into aprevious post(plus there's Dragonfly Squadron, with Hodiak holding the Korean line in 3-D). Budget combat, like westerns, tend to blur. Sometimes you're twenty minutes in before realization of having watched before, as
in only months before. Do I need to be paying closer attention to these things?
This time there is Hodiak as steadying influence for maverick flyer John Derek,
who wants to square account with all of North Korea (China too) for hisbrother's death. Their mission is to photograph war zones, but Derek won't
resist gunplay from air advantage. Producer Robert Cohn actually spent four
weeks with directing Fred Sears in Korea
to get first-hand battle stuff for Mission
(85,000 feet brought back), this used to flavor what they'd later shoot with
principals in H'wood. Story and situations amount to pulp, but Korea was a
hotbed, and customers were interested in anything set there. Variety found Mission to be "episodic
... inconclusive," not an outright pan as maybe the show deserved, but
trades were lenient toward support features, these the lifeblood of exhibition
what with always crying need for product.