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Shadow in the Sky (1952)

Burt served in the Marines during the war, but now he is confined to an asylum. His experiences in the South Pacific left him mentally ill and deathly afraid of storm clouds and rain. ... See full summary »

Director:

Fred M. Wilcox

Writers:

Ben Maddow (screenplay), Edward Newhouse (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ralph Meeker ... Burt
Nancy Reagan ... Betty Hopke (as Nancy Davis)
James Whitmore ... Lou Hopke
Jean Hagen ... Stella Murphy
Gladys Hurlbut Gladys Hurlbut ... Mrs. Lehner
Eduard Franz ... The Doctor
Dennis Ross ... Chris Hopke
Nadine Ashdown Nadine Ashdown ... Nina Hopke
John Lupton ... Clayton
Jonathan Cott ... Doug
Chet Brandenburg ... Man at Dance (uncredited)
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Storyline

Burt served in the Marines during the war, but now he is confined to an asylum. His experiences in the South Pacific left him mentally ill and deathly afraid of storm clouds and rain. Stella, his girl friend, hopes Burt's sister Betty, and his brother-in-law Lou, will take him in so as to help him recuperate. However because of their young children, Betty and Lou are afraid of inviting him to live with them. Can Burt be helped? How can he find a life outside the mental hospital? Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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"IN MY ARMS I KNOW HE'LL BE ABLE TO FORGET!" (original print ad - all caps)

Genres:

Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1952 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$787,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The short story upon which this film is based, "Come Again Another Day", was published in the April 15, 1950 edition of The New Yorker magazine. See more »

Goofs

In a long shot of the rocking boat at night in the rain, the film suddenly runs backwards (notice the waves). See more »

Quotes

The Doctor: We think the key to his problem is rain. He's generally all right until it rains. It rained on Cape Gloucester, didn't it?
Lou Hopke: Some... We attacked in the rain, we slept in the rain, we ate in the rain. Did everything else in the rain. Day in, day out. Wallet in your pocket turned blue. Had a pencil it'd come apart at the seams. Blades of your knife, you couldn't open 'em: rusted together. Letters, pictures, things you'd carried around for a year, you put your hand in your pocket: a rotten pulp. Try...
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Tough Enough
23 November 2013 | by LeonLouisRicciSee all my reviews

A Completely Forgotten Little Film that is quite Good and quite Different. A Number of Film-Noirs took on the PTSD of Returning WWII Veterans and most of them are Well Known and most of them are Fine Films. This one is Unique in that it is Virtually Unknown.

It has a Very Strange Feel to it and is a Serious and Surreal, at Times, Study that is more than Competently Directed and Acted. The Children are Central to the Plot and the Little Ones are Refreshingly Restrained from Stereotype.

Some of the Dialog is Succinct and Stringent. After a Tense Set-Up the Mentally Disturbed Ralph Meeker, at His Best, Confronts the Parents about the Kids and Tersely Taunts..."What did you think I'd do, chop them up into little pieces and put them in a suitcase?"

Tough Stuff for the Era and Reflects the Tone of the Movie. It is a Suspenseful and Fittingly Bizarre Film that Deserves more Attention.


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