The Rack (1956)

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A decorated Korean War hero inexplicably collaborates with the enemy while interred in a POW camp and is court-martialed.

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Director:

Arnold Laven

Writers:

Stewart Stern (screenplay), Rod Serling (teleplay)

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22 July 2004 | mik-19
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| A great film lies hidden here
There lies a great film hidden in the depths of 'The Rack', one that honestly and unflinchingly dares pronounce its indictment of the American way of life, of a people uninformed about the democratic traditions of their country as well as of the exact nature of Communism.

But 'The Rack' is not quite that film, although in long stretches it is pretty good. Paul Newman in his second starring role plays Captain Ed Hall, being court martialed for betraying his country when he was a prisoner of war in Korea by collaborating with his captors. It turns out he was mentally tortured, brainwashed as it were, and there is an emotional forthrightness of the scenes concerning the captain's breakdown that are engaging, and the central between Newman and Walter Pidgeon as his staunch colonel father will draw tears, although Newman is not yet the acute and instinctively brilliant actor he would become.

So, see it by all means next time it is aired on TCM, it's not half bad. Only, it ought to have been better.

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