Korea And “The Bridges at Toko-Ri”

In the Fifties Mark Robson adapted for the screen a James Michener book, The Bridges at Toko-Ri. Having to do with naval aircraft in the Korean War, the film does what any such war movie would be expected to do by 1954, the year of its release. It makes intelligent use of aerial space and it doesn’t stint on the American bombing of those Korean bridges. It also pays attention to technology and procedure in the military, and is good with crowd scenes; Robson is. Bridges is highly worth seeing, especially for the solid performance of Fredric March, whose Rear Admiral Tarrant is a grave and observant figure.

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