Burt Lancaster: The Signature Collection (The Flame and the Arrow / Jim Thorpe All-American / His Majesty O'Keefe / South Sea Woman / Executive Action)
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South Sea Woman is a WWII yarn in which a mouth Marine (Lancaster) finds himself court-martialed for some colorful activities on a Pacific island. Chuck Connors and Virginia Mayo are also in on the lightweight plot, which doesn't add up to much. His Majesty O'Keefe emphasizes Lancaster with his shirt off, a useful tactic in an otherwise humdrum account of a 19th-century adventurer in the South Seas. You might see the outline of a political parable if you squint hard, but mostly this is a slice of Technicolor exoticism. Jumping ahead considerably, Executive Action is a grim 1973 film that lays out an argument in favor of conspiracy in the JFK assassination. Lancaster and Robert Ryan lend their formidable authority to this low-budget film, which is much quieter in approach than Oliver Stone's JFK (and yet eerier because of that). It also shows how gracefully Lancaster had aged. Vintage cartoons, some Joe McDoakes shorts, and trailers fill out the usual Warners extras. --Robert Horton
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Flame and the Arrow (1950) - This is an enjoyable swashbuckling type of film set in the 12th century. For some reason, when the local overlord stole Dardo's (Lancaster's) wife he does nothing, but when his son is taken from him he finally decides to take action. This film is important for two reasons - a. because it is fun and full of action b. because it revived Lancaster's career after he had been type-cast for several years as less than bright villains in film noir films. Lancaster purchased and produced this film himself, and as a result of it we got to see him as Elmer Gantry and Sgt. Milton Warden later on.
Jim Thorpe - All American (1951) - This is a very good biopic and the best film in the set, in my opinion. Lancaster plays Thorpe, a Native American athlete who loses his Olympic gold medals when it is learned he played two seasons of minor league baseball prior to competing, thus violating his amateur status. This is a turning point in his life, and his marriage ends and he feels his dream of coaching as a career will never be. The film ends before the truly sad years in Thorpe's life begin, when he is truly broke.
South Sea Woman (1953) - Lancaster plays Marine Sergeant James O'Hearn who is being court martialed during World War II when he arrives in Pearl Harbor after the Japanese attack and has no excuse for his absence up to that point. He refuses to defend himself. A showgirl takes the stand in his defense and tells the court that O'Hearn is really just standing up for a buddy of his, one who is really guilty of the scandalous behavior.
His Majesty O'Keefe (1954) - Probably the weakest film in the set, but still above average.Read more ›
All told, the package is worth the price. One of the dvd's in the package is a film called- Executive Action- it is about the JFK assasination and is never shown on tv.
That alone is worth it. The film that is defective - THE FLAme and the Arrow-IS HARDLY EVER ON TV. IT should have been titled-ROBERTO HOODIO in ITALY!!! It is actually a very good movie where Burt does all his own stunts.
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My favorite actor but the old movies are not directed or acted like the new ones. I would like to see a remake of Jim Thorpe.Published on August 14, 2008 by Carl W. Burton
It was a series of Burt Landcaster old movies. Some really old, so old that a lot of the movies didn't make much sense. Read morePublished on March 27, 2008 by Colin R. Walbridge
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