Monday, March 28, 2005


I don't know where to situate this entertaining film--at times it treads a bit too close to territory typically reserved for Hogan's Heroes and The Three Stooges; much of the subject matter is terribly sad (not only because it deals with Warsaw during the Nazi occupation, but also because it's Carole Lombard's last work), and at times we get dark humor and satirical bathos reminiscent of Monty Python. Let's just say you have to see it to believe it. Jack Benny has great comic timing and is a master of the double-take but cannot act to save his life; Carole Lombard is simply hubba-hubba; Robert Stack is poured into his Polish aviator's uniform. A lot of fun, but very strange, particularly considering the timing of its release.

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