At the end of 1940 Hitler’s Germany seemed unstoppable as it cruelly ruled over Czechoslovakia, Poland, Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, and most crucially, France. Only England, led by the greatest man of the 20th century, Winston Churchill, stood bravely against the Nazi onslaught.
World War II
On June 6, 1944, Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy in northern France. Their goal: to liberate Western Europe from Nazi tyranny. From a distance, it might seem that victory was pre-ordained, but no one felt that way at the time. British military historian Peter Caddick-Adams tells the incredible story of what happened on that monumental day.
We continue our survey of the Greatest Movies of the 1960s.
For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1950s, click here.
For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1940s, click here.
For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1930s click here.
For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1920s click here.
From the 1960s I have already written about: Psycho, Spartacus, Lawrence of Arabia, The Manchurian Candidate, Ride the High Country, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Birds, Bye Bye Birdie, Knife in the Water, Zulu
11. 36 Hours, 1965
Caution, spoilers ahead!
This World War II thriller might be the most obscure movie in this series. In fact, when I mentioned 36 Hours to a few of my movie nerd friends they were totally baffled.
James Garner, one of the the most underrated male actors in Hollywood, plays U.S. Army Major Jeff Pike. After attending General Eisenhower’s final briefing on the Normandy invasion, Pike is sent to Lisbon on June 1, 1944, to contact a spy in order to confirm that the Nazis still expect the allied invasion to take place at the Pas de Calais.
In Lisbon, Major Pike is double-crossed, abducted, and whisked away to Germany.
There was a time when Hollywood stars gave hope to those victims who were trapped in the whirlwind of oppression, intolerance and genocide.
Such a star was the radiant Deanna Durbin, who passed away in 2013 at the age of 91.
Durbin (b. Edna Mae Durbin December 4, 1921 – c. April 20, 2013) was a Canadian child singer turned actress who starred in a series of hugely popular and successful light musical comedies from 1936 to 1948. Durbin, at the peak of her career, was the highest paid actress in Hollywood, getting $400,000 per film. Her movies rescued Universal, her financially strapped studio, from a looming bankruptcy.
On Memorial Day, we remember all the members of our armed services who paid the ultimate price in service to this great country.
Our eternal gratitude.