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The year is 1942. Ensign Chuck Palmer Tyrone Power is stranded in the Japanese-occupied Philippines after his ship is torpedoed. Linking up with several other American refugees, Palmer helps the Filipinos organize a resistance movement against the enemy. They even manage to construct a few jerry-built radio stations to keep tabs on Japanese fleet movements. Hard to believe that Palmer finds romance under these trying circumstances, but he does, in the form of Jeanne Martinez Micheline Presle, the wife of a Filipino war hero. Based on the novel by Ira Wolfert, American Guerilla in the Philippines is directed with unvarnished efficiency by Fritz Lang. Standouts in the supporting cast include Tom Ewell as Tyrone Power's wisecracking buddy and Robert Barrat as General Douglas MacArthur.

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American Guerrilla in the Philippines (released as I Shall Return in the UK) is a 1950 war film starring Tyrone Power as a U.S. Navy ensign stranded by the Japanese occupation of the Philippines in World War II. Based on the story of Iliff David Richardson, it was directed by Fritz Lang and filmed on location.

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US Navy Ensign Iliff "Rich" Richardson was the executive officer of PT 34. After it was sunk by the Japanese, Richardson and a dozen fellow Americans attempted to sail a native outrigger to Australia, but the boat was sunk in a storm. He eventually joined the Philippine guerrilla forces, setting up a radio network to keep the various bands in touch with each other and Allied forces in Australia. After the liberation of the Philippines, Richardson dictated his memoirs to war correspondent Ira Wolfert, who published them in 1945 as An American Guerilla in the Philippines. The book became a Book-of-the-Month Club selection and was published in condensed form in the March 1945 issue of Readers Digest.

Excerpt from Wikipedia located HERE.

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Theatrical Release: November 7th, 1950

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DVD Review: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation - Region 0 - NTSC

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Twentieth Century Fox

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:44:52
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.14 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio Dolby Digital 1.0 (English)
Subtitles None
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Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Aspect Ratio:
Original - 1.33:1

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DVD Release Date: August 6th, 2013
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American Guerrilla in the Philippines is a keen Fritz Lang oddity... and a curious film. Great cast - a shade modestly paced with less action than one might expect... but a satisfying ending. An interesting war adventure, to say the least.

It's a Fox MoD (Made-on-Demand) product - standard single-layered and progressive in the original 1.33:1 aspect ratio and looks decent enough. The image is unusually flat but colors hold together in their own wonky, period, way. There is some grain texture and contrast levels are adept for SD. The disc supports the film with a watchable transfer without impinging artefacts.

The mono sound is decent but unremarkable and there are no subtitles and only one menu screen offered. There are no supplements at all. You would buy this solely to see this Fritz Lang, Tyrone Power film.

I wouldn't say American Guerrilla in the Philippines is a great film, but I was interested enough to watch to completion. It is entertaining, although somewhat 'stayed' and Fritz Lang fans probably won't see a lot of his storytelling prowess in it - however it is competent. We can't recommend the bare-bones disc to any but the director's fan-base completists. It did have value, just keep your Lang-level expectations in check.  

  - Gary Tooze

 


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