Battle at Bloody Beach (1961)

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Breaking stride, real life WW2 hero, Audie Murphy, found himself in a war film as opposed to riding the trail taking on outlaws of all varieties in the western genre for this low budget effort released through 20th Century Fox from director Herbert Coleman. Aside from his self portrayal in the 1955 biography, To Hell and Back, this would be the only other film that Audie starred in that one can really count as a war film provided we eliminate John Huston’s civil war tale, The Red Badge of Courage from the conversation.

For this black and white outing Audie finds himself in the Philippines during the Japanese occupation. He is to make his way to an isolated coast line following a submarine drop. He’s to make contact with Gary Crosby who has been running a one man scouting station relaying vital coded messages to the Allies. Audie fans will get what…

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Destry (1954)

Mike's Take On the Movies .......... Rediscovering Cinema's Past

If Alfred Hitchcock can famously remake his own The Man Who Knew Too Much than what’s to prevent Raoul Walsh from redoing High Sierra as a western called Colorado Territory and remake his own The Strawberry Blonde seven years later under it’s original title, One Sunday Afternoon? Yes sir, both directors did just that. Which pretty much opens the door for director George Marshall to remake his version of 1939’s Destry Rides Again for the 50’s western craze as just plain Destry starring western favorite Audie Murphy in a role well suited to him that had previously been played by Jimmy Stewart in the earlier edition.

Rowdy cowboys, saloon hall dance girls and Lyle Bettger essaying one of his patented shoot’em in the back no good characters is what sets the story of Destry in motion. When Sheriff Bailey is shot in the back over getting a little too close to the truth of Bettger cheating Walter…

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Trunk to Cairo (1966)

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Years before Menahem Golan launched Cannon films specializing in many forms of exploitation cinema he directed this odd entry in the careers of both Audie Murphy and George Sanders. Rather ironically, Golan’s film was picked up for release by AIP which was in itself a company that dealt with exploitation cinema.

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Spy films were all the rage in the sixties and were being produced in large numbers. A few great ones, plenty of good ones and an astounding number of the not so good. While this falls in the latter category, Audie does his best here in a film that at times plays to his action oriented reputation.

Audie plays a supposed lab assistant of sorts on his way to meet up and work with Sanders. Sanders has been hired by Egypt to create a nuclear weapon to use against Israel. Audie is hardly off the plane before two assassination…

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Audie Murphy : No Name on the Bullet … by Don Graham

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I’ve known who Audie Murphy was since I was old enough to point at a television screen. Westerns were always popular in our house and while the Duke was the iconic cowboy, Audie Murphy westerns played regularly and his baby faced smooth delivery hooked me as a kid. But when the chips were down he was lightning fast on the draw. What more could a kid running around the house with a cap gun ask for?

Because of my parents I have known since I was young that Audie was the acclaimed hero of WW2. He had been awarded the Medal of Honor from his country. While I have seen his biographical film To Hell and Back I never learned much of Audie’s film career as he rarely turns up in many of the mainstream books on film history. This bio from 1989 that I came across allowed me an…

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