Mickey Rooney: A Belated Centenary Blogathon – Ambush Bay (1966)


This is my final of 3 submissions for the  Mickey Rooney: A Belated Centenary Blogathon being run by Kristen of KN Winiarski Writes

Tnx for letting me take part!

“How many men, your soldiers?” – Japanese translator

“Including the European theater, I’d say about six million.” – Sgt. Ernest Wartell 

Number of Times Seen – 1 (22 Nov 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A team of marines are sent on a secret mission to gather important information in The Philippines days before the invasion.

My Take on it – Once again, here is a film that I knew nothing about before coming across it in my research for this blogathon.

I was quite curious how Mickey Rooney would work in to action war plot and they definitely deliver here.

Unfortunately, the story and characters are all by the book stereotypes and they fail to really develop any of them along the way.

The plot and characters fail to seem unique in anything the do here which is quite a shame because so much more could have been done with this kind of plot.

The story itself is quite predictable and they tip their hand very early on by explaining each character’s specialty, because it gives them an excuse to use them and then make them more expendable.

The film’s dialogue is fine even if some of the conversation between characters come across as being far too laughable for a serious group of soldiers like these.

The cast is also fine but none of them are able to distinguish themselves above the others as they all seem like caricatures.

Rooney is the comic relief in this film and his physical appearance makes one wonder how a soldier fit like him would be sent on a mission like this despite his ability to elicit a few chuckles along the way.

He really isn’t fit for an action film, but his good hearted personality still finds a way to shine through here regardless.

Bottom Line – By the book action film that unfortunately doesn’t give us enough uniqueness to be more enjoyable. The story plays out quite predictably and they tip their hand too easily at the very beginning by stating each character’s importance before finding ways to discard many of them after they fulfill their primary duty. The dialogue is fine but at certain points it seems quite laughable that these characters would act like that. The cast is fine even if none of them really stand out here. Rooney is the comic relief, but his physical build makes it even more humorous that he was sent on this mission even if his good hearted personality still shines through throughout the story.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Mickey Rooney became ill with a fever during filming. During his hospital stay in Manila, his wife Carolyn Mitchell was killed by her lover in a murder-suicide. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

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