A Guy Named Joe (1943)


“No man is really dead unless he breaks faith with the future, and no man is really alive unless he accepts his responsibility to it.” – The General

Number of Times Seen – 1 (17 Jun 2019)

Brief Synopsis – After dying during a bombing mission in the pacific, a fighter pilot is sent back to Earth as a guardian angel in order to help train a young new pilot.

My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve heard about for years, yet never had the opportunity to see it until now.

The overall premise of this film is great even if the film technology pof the time didn’t allow for things to feel as realistic as they could now due to the added supernatural aspects of the film.

Spencer Tracy is superb in the lead role and does a wonderful job making his character feel so real.

The rest of the cast is also great with Irene Dunn, ward Bond and Van Johnson also helping create such memorable characters along the way.

Lionel Barrymore stands out among the whole cast in a small yet very significant and poignant role that helps us get a clear understanding of how things work in the after-world according to this film and hat is most important in life.

The story moves along at a great pace and keeps things entertaining the entire way through.

The love triangle depicted in this film has been done in other films since, but the way it is done here keeps things quite light-hearted and genuine the entire time which adds so much to the story.

Bottom Line – Great idea that works quite well even if technology didn’t let them make things look more spiritual at the time. Tracy is superb in the lead and is helped along by Dunne, Bond and Johnson.  The story moves along at a great pace and allows us to get a clear understand of how things work in the after-world according to this film. Barrymore stands out in a very significant yet small role in hammering home the real point of things. The film’s love triangle aspect has been done numerous times since, but this film still manages to keep it feeling light hearted and genuine the whole way through. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The General, played by Lionel Barrymore, wears the Medal of Honor ribbon on his uniform, but the ribbon is displayed upside down (the five stars forming a “W” instead of an “M”). Interestingly, James Doolittle also wore the Medal of Honor ribbon upside down, leading some to ask if there might be an aviation connection. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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