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Friday, April 30, 2010

Homecoming (1948)

This wartime romance directed by Mervyn LeRoy is a handsome MGM production that wears out its welcome by going on too long. What should have been a 90 minute sudser clocks in at about two hours. A self centered doctor (Clark Gable) seems to have it all. A successful and profitable practice, a beautiful wife (Anne Baxter) and home. When WWII comes and he goes to Italy as an army doctor, he slowly begins to realize the shallowness of his previous life especially when confronted by his feisty nurse (Lana Turner, deglamorized and very good). A tad sentimental in spots, it nevertheless makes some important points. John Hodiak, Gladys Cooper, Cameron Mitchell, and Marshall Thompson co-star. There’s a lovely delicate score by Bronislau Kaper.

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