The Art of Cinema #427


The Red Badge of Courage
(John Huston; 1951)

6 comments:

Christopher said...

a one of a kind powerhouse of a movie,even in all its troubled shortened form..

42nd Street Memories said...

I agree. Underrated film. Also proved that Audie Murphy could act when guided by a top notch filmmaker.

Tod Brody said...

Is that the cartoonist Bill Mauldin? Didn't know he was an actor.

Christopher said...

yep its the same Bill Mauldin

farouchegrande said...

if you manage to find the book "Picture" by Lillian Ross (republished by Da Capo Press a few years ago), don't miss it.

upon Huston's request, Ross followed the whole creative process behind this movie from the script to the premiere, and there's a lot more in it than you see on screen. one wonders, if the movie is what it is after all the changes MGM forced upon it, what a masterpiece would it be if they let it be as JH conceived it...

Gerard Saylor said...

Mauldin was not an actor. I read a recent Mauldin biography that said Murphy disliked Mauldin because Mauldin was an artist.

I think Max Allan Collins mentioned before - it may have been here - that he partly modeled a character after Murphy.