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The Bamboo Prison (1954)

Approved | | Drama, War | December 1954 (USA)
Corporal Brady (Brian Keith) an American soldier captured during the Korean War, is taken to a POW camp. There he meets Sergeant Rand (Robert Francis) a prisoner who is cooperating with the... See full summary »

Director:

Lewis Seiler

Writers:

Edwin Blum (screenplay), Jack DeWitt (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Robert Francis ... MSgt. John A. Rand
Dianne Foster ... Tanya Clayton
Brian Keith ... Cpl. Brady
Jerome Courtland ... Arkansas
E.G. Marshall ... Father Francis Dolan
Earle Hyman ... Doc Jackson, medic
Jack Kelly ... Slade
Richard Loo ... Commandant Hsai Tung
Keye Luke ... Comrade-Instructor Li Ching
Murray Matheson ... Comrade Clayton
King Donovan ... Pop
Dickie Jones ... P.O.W. Jackie (as Dick Jones)
Pepe Hern Pepe Hern ... Ramírez
Leo Gordon ... Pike
Weaver Levy Weaver Levy ... Meatball
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Storyline

Corporal Brady (Brian Keith) an American soldier captured during the Korean War, is taken to a POW camp. There he meets Sergeant Rand (Robert Francis) a prisoner who is cooperating with the North Koreans. Brady is disgusted by these actions, but he soon discovers that Rand is actually an intelligence officer playing along to access important secrets. Rand also becomes close to Tanya Clanton (Dianne Foster), the wife of an American traitor, in order to exact information.

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Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Was a Prisoner in Korea See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Robert Francis and Jack Kelly appeared in They Rode West (1954). See more »

Quotes

Tanya Clayton: [Sgt. Rand has unexpectedly kissed her on the mouth, leading her to believe he may be abusing his status as a "progressive" - an allied P.O.W. who's converted to Communism] You are taking too much for granted, Sergeant.
MSgt. John A. Rand: Am I?
Tanya Clayton: Yes. Because you see, I do not like "progressives."
MSgt. John A. Rand: No foolin'. How come?
Tanya Clayton: I do not like "progressives" because I hate and despise Communists. They're all of the same breed: men who have ceased to be men.
MSgt. John A. Rand: You can get 50 years in a work camp for that.
Tanya Clayton: I have been threatened ...
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Above Average Korean War Flick
25 June 2010 | by jsinton2007See all my reviews

The Korean war is known at the "forgotten war" for good reason: People wanted to forget it ever happened. It wasn't popular and it had a less than satisfactory conclusion. As a result, there was not many films on the subject. On the 60th anniversary of the Korean war, TCM showed nearly 24 hours of films on the subject, and this was one of them.

"The Bamboo Prison" is a reasonable attempt to portray the horrors of PoW life for United Nations soldiers in a Chinese prison. Starring Robert Francis as a PoW turned collaborator on a secret mission, this film is filled with all the usual trappings of the anti communist hysteria. The cast is pretty well rounded out with Brian Keith as a fellow PoW, E.G. Marshall as a counterfeit priest, Murray Matheson as the Russian adviser, Diane Foster as his ballerina/communist traitor wife, and Richard Loo as the camp commandant. A young Aaron Spelling plays an uncredited role.

This film makes good fodder for the war film buff or the political historian, but not to be considered a cinematic masterpiece. Surely not a "Stalag 17" or "King Rat".


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