Thursday, January 11, 2018

Robert, Robert, Van & a Bunch of Cold Sailors

For you doco fans, TCM will be showing The Secret Land (1948) tomorrow at 1:15 a.m. EST/4:15 a.m. PST.  I would suggest taping it for later viewing ... it is good (7.2 on IMDB and winner of the Oscar for best documentary), but probably won't keep you awake at that hour. 

The movie is about a massive expedition by the U.S. Navy to Antarctica in 1946-47, which involved 13 ships and 4,700 men.  Research projects were conducted, as well as extensive mapping.  It was also meant to provide training of military personnel in freezing conditions. 

The documentary was released by MGM, thus the choice of narrators:  Commander Robert Montgomery, Lt. Robert Taylor and Lt. Van Heflin.  It is the only color film Bob is featured in, unfortunately only his voice is used.  I am definitely not complaining about listening to his performance, but seeing those blue eyes would certainly have been nice.  Now that would keep me awake at 4:15 a.m.!

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