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Captain Carey U.S.A. [Blu-ray] (1950)

Alan Ladd , Wanda Hendrix , Mitchell Leisen  |  NR |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Alan Ladd, Wanda Hendrix, Francis Lederer, Joseph Calleia, Russ Tamblyn
  • Directors: Mitchell Leisen
  • Writers: Robert Thoeren
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Olive Films
  • DVD Release Date: August 21, 2012
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0086IMONE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,276 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Alan Ladd (Appointment with Danger) plays the title role in this film noir about a former OSS operative who returns to Italy after the war to avenge the death of resistance worker Giulia (Wanda Hendrix), but only to find out that his "deceased" lover is not only still alive, but also the wife of a powerful Italian baron (Francis Lederer). Carey decides to stick around, hoping to flush out the traitor who'd caused the wartime deaths of several of his OSS colleagues and resistance fighters. Enhanced by the incidental musical number "Mona Lisa", which subsequently won the 1951 Academy Awardr for Best Original Song and later became an all-time classic. Directed by Mitchell Leisen (No Man of Her Own).

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4.0 out of 5 stars If you like a good Alan Ladd film June 24, 2012
Well tailored Ladd adventure film. No big name costars, no fancy production values, just Ladd doing what his fans wanted him to do - dominate the screen. He does plenty of that in this one. It has the sharp, tough dialogue and physicality that was expected in his films. Glad to see it coming out on DVD. Now if the powers to be would just release his other late 40's - early 50's films. Beyond Glory, Chicago Deadline, and especially The Great Gatsby deserve to be seen and enjoyed.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
"I'm going to stick around and bother people."

Best remembered, if at all, for introducing the song Mona Lisa, 1950's Captain Carey, U.S.A. aka After Midnight is a very decent little thriller that sees Alan Ladd's former O.S.S. agent returning to the small Italian village where he was betrayed, his lover (Wanda Hendrix) killed and 27 villagers massacred by the Germans to find out who was really responsible. It's not a popular return: the villagers blame him for bringing death to their town (so much so they gang up to stone him in the street) and there are more emotionally painful reunions in store before he uncovers the truth. It's not particularly challenging, although surprisingly the most obvious suspects turn out to be innocent, but it's at times surprisingly bitter, with Ladd much better than usual as the disenchanted hero who's been letting his wounds poison him for years.

Although you'll never believe for a moment that you're in Italy rather than Hollywood, it's a solidly produced old-school studio system picture with decent direction by Mitchell Leisen and a half-decent supporting cast including Joseph Calleia, one-time Dracula Francis Lederer, six-times Charlie Chan Roland Winters and a young Russ Tamblyn when he was still billed as Rusty Tamblyn. The use of the Oscar winning Mona Lisa - which doesn't even get a mention in the film's credits - is particularly interesting: rather than the familiar vocal version, we only get a brief rendition in Italian, not as a serenade but as a warning sign of oncoming danger, an idea that's neatly replayed in purely instrumental terms long after the Germans have left.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars captain carey USA July 4, 2012
I enjoy OLIVE label DVD. These are old movies and are mostly seen by old people, as me. So why don't put the english subtitles ?
It would help sales. Same problem with Assault on a Queen and Come blow your horn.
Giuliano Fournier
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captain Carey U.S.A. January 22, 2013
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Excellent story and acting; a little action and a little mystery. The quality of the picture and sound is very good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Alan Ladd in a post WWII film. March 11, 2014
By larry j
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Good storyline, nice clear picture, great Alan Ladd flick. Movie keeps you interested throughout. Black & white shades are good.
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