The Stewart Granger Blogathon – The Secret Invasion (1964)


This post is part of The Stewart Granger Blogathon being held this weekend by Maddy of Maddy Loves Her Classic Films.

Tnx for letting me participate!

“Pretty clumsy and rather childish. Now, you’ve had your fun, but if this happens in action, God Help you!” – Maj. Richard Mace

Number of Times Seen – 1 (14 Apr 2019)

Brief Synopsis – During World War II, a group of prisoners are sent on a mission to try and rescue an Italian Officer being held prisoner by the Nazis.

My Take on it – This is a film that I knew absolutely nothing about when I chose to review it for this blogathon.

The premise sounded interesting, so I decided to give it a try especially since I was having a lot difficulty finding Granger films that interested me.

This film has a great concept and is a very enjoyable precursor to The Dirty Dozen (1967) since both of them utilize military prisoners when the need arises for a very dangerous mission.

The film is action packed and lets us enjoy things the whole time.

The cast of the film also surprised me as being extremely good.

Stewart Granger leads the band of prisoners that include Mickey Rooney, Raf Vallone, Edd Byrnes and Henry Silva.

Granger is the stand out among them and is quite commanding in this role.

The plot is filled with some great twists and turns along the way that help keep things very suspenseful and thrilling from start to finish.

The choice to give each of these team members a different specialty works well and it allows us to see them much better as a unit that must work together in order to succeed especially when none of them can trust anyone else.

Bottom Line – Great film that is a really nice precursor to The Dirty Dozen (1967).  This film uses the same general concept and is able to give us an enjoyable action film.  The cast is superb with Granger, Vallone, Rooney, Byrnes and Silva all making us believe their characters, with Granger doing the best job of them all. The plot has some great twists and turns along the way that helps keep things thrilling and suspenseful from start to finish.  I really liked the idea to give each of these men a different specialty that will make them all much more useful as a team. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This was Stewart Granger’s first low-budget independent film after years of major starring roles, and he had concerns about allowing his character to be less than central to the story. During the filming on the Adriatic Sea, the production crew had already created the smoke for the scene when Granger told Roger Corman that he wouldn’t do the scene as written because Edd Byrnes had too much dialogue and Granger’s character was of lesser importance. Corman quickly wrote some new dialogue for Granger to satisfy his concerns (though he has declined to state how much of that dialogue made it into the finished film), and filming proceeded before the smoke dissipated. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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3 thoughts on “The Stewart Granger Blogathon – The Secret Invasion (1964)

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