Soldier in the Rain (1963)

“FBI oughtta’ investigate Sgt. Priest. I think he’s an escaped war criminal.” – Clay

Number of Times Seen – 1 (26 Feb 2018)

Brief Synopsis – An Army supply sergeant and his assistant try to get there way despite the complicated bureaucracy of the Armed forces.

My Take on it – This is another film in the filmography of Steve McQueen that I wanted to check out.

The fact that he stars here with Jackie Gleason made it seem quite appealing.

This was also a film that he made in the same year as The Great Escape (1963), so I was expecting a much more powerful performance by him.

Unfortunately, this film was quite a disappointment.

The story itself doesn’t work very well and McQueen and Gleason have very little chemistry together despite the fact that they are meant to be partners-in-crime.

Many of the antics that they pull fall short of being perfect.

The dialogue is fine and there are some clever ideas that are thrown in along the way but ultimately it all feels a bit too average.

I was definitely expecting this to much funnier, but it felt more like a chore to watch and doesn’t flow as well as I had hoped it would.

There are too many scenes that drag along and just don’t get to their point quick enough.

This film, despite its great cast doesn’t really manage to deliver as expected and also doesn’t give us many memorable bits that would help make this film more enjoyable.

Bottom Line – Somewhat of a disappointment despite having Gleason and McQueen in this film. The story itself doesn’t work well enough and lots of the antics fall a bit short.  The story doesn’t flow as well as one would expect with these two leads and drags along a bit too much. The dialogue is fine but there really isn’t anything that makes this film memorable.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The large patch on the left shoulder of everyone’s uniform is of the U.S. Sixth Army. At the time of this film, it was headquartered at The Presidio in San Francisco. It was the training Army for soldiers being sent overseas. Inactivated in 1995, it was reactivated in 2008 and is now headquartered at Fort Sam Houston in Texas. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)


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