A star cast, a great director, and William Faulkner's original story fail to raise this above an ordinary triangle love story set against WW I. Crawford, a British woman devoted to hedonism, is having a fling with Young, a fellow officer of Crawford's brother, Tone. The two men serve together in the Royal Navy and are best pals. Crawford believes that Young...read more
A star cast, a great director, and William Faulkner's original story fail to raise this above an ordinary triangle love story set against WW I. Crawford, a British woman devoted to hedonism, is having a fling with Young, a fellow officer of Crawford's brother, Tone. The two men serve
together in the Royal Navy and are best pals. Crawford believes that Young may be the man of her dreams but she has to alter her opinions when Cooper enters the picture. He's an American student, and her heart flutters when she meets him. Cooper joins the U.S. Air Corps, goes off to fly in the
battle over France, and the news comes back that he's been killed. Crawford is destroyed, but Young is still waiting in the wings, so she returns to him and they rekindle their affair. Although Tone is her brother, when Crawford and Young have some squabbles, Tone supports Young because he feels
that Crawford is not being aboveboard with Young. Crawford's life is beginning to fall apart. Her father had died at the start of the picture, and now the man she loves has supposedly been killed. Young and Tone are running a torpedo boat in the Atlantic, and Crawford works with an ambulance corps
so she can be closer to Tone and Young. Cooper comes back, the news of his death having been greatly exaggerated. When he sees that Crawford is now living unmarried with Young, he is shocked. The airman and the sailors have a spirited rivalry between them, and Cooper eventually takes Tone and
Young up in the air for a hair-raising ride. Then Tone asks Cooper to come to sea with him on one of their raids. The boat only has one torpedo and requires the captain to launch the missile from up close, then turn 180 degrees and hightail it out of there. Cooper sees that sea duty is just as
dangerous as what he does in the wild blue yonder. Young loses his vision in a battle, and both he and Tone decide that Cooper is the one man who can bring Crawford happiness. But Cooper has volunteered for a suicide mission that requires him to attack a German ship on his own. Before Cooper can
fly out on the mission, Tone and Young take their boat to sea and ram the enemy ship with their torpedo. They lose their lives in the process and Cooper returns to earth and Crawford. They are reunited in love, but both understand what Tone and Young did in order to secure their love for each
Cooper was loaned by Paramount, and Tone arrived from New York's Group Theatre. Two years after this, Crawford and Tone were married for four stormy years. The Faulkner story had no women in it, so the Crawford character was purely the imagination of the scripters. Terrific aerial photography on
the order of HELL'S ANGELS, also directed by Hawks, who was coming off SCARFACE when he did this. While Tone and Young make some attempt at British accents, Crawford doesn't, and the result is unbalanced, which is sort of what happened when Robert Redford refused to even try an accent in OUT OF
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