I started watching this soon remembering that I had seen it before (December 30th, 2013), but finished watching it anyway.
In my review for this film in 2013 I said it was pretty good, but was ruined a little by a few too many corny jokes, which is pretty much what I would say again this time. I should probably tell my 2013 self though that this film was adapted from a Broadway play, so the corny acting and corny jokes are to be expected.
The story though was entertaining, even though it was mostly set inside a prison barracks. There was a pretty good cast which included William Holden and a young Peter Graves. The Heston and Kirk Douglas were both considered for Holden’s part, but any one of them would have been great. I personally would have liked to see Kirk in the role.
Bill won the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his role, with one of the shortest acceptance speeches ever due to a strict cutoff time, “Thank you” was all he was able to say.
Robert Strauss, who was the source of most corny jokes, won best supporting actor, which was fair enough as he was quite funny.
This, along with The Great Escape and The Bridge On the River Kwai (also with Bill) are considered among the best World War II prison escape films, and I can’t argue with that.
Date watched: December 3rd
Film count 2016: 189