Battle Circus

1953, Movie, NR, 89 mins

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This movie was the forerunner to M*A*S*H, chronicling a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital in the Korean War. Allyson is a self-sacrificing nurse who comes to Korea to serve at Bogart's hospital just a few miles behind the lines. He's attracted to her, and the incongruous romance begins in between his attempts at getting her to stop doing dumb things and taking needless chances. Because the hospital is mobile, it just picks up and moves often, depending on how far the enemy has advanced or retreated. Wynn, a former circus type, knows how to pull up stakes, so he takes care of moving the equipment and providing what little humor there is. Bogart is a hard drinker and tries to avoid any real entanglement with Allyson, but they eventually get together. Bogart was totally out of place in this role and acted like it. The only difference between this and a little potboiler for the second feature is the presence of some heavyweight actors on the screen. Look hard for Steve Forrest in one of his earliest roles. Singularly undistinguished except for Bogart's presence. leave a comment

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