Kings Go Forth


Action / Drama / Romance / War

Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 68%
IMDb Rating 6.6 10 1165


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Natalie Wood as Monique Blair
Frank Sinatra as 1st Lt. Sam Loggins
Tony Curtis as Cpl. Britt Harris
Karl Swenson as The Colonel
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by HotToastyRag 7 / 10

Dated script, but good acting

Am I the only one who sees Natalie Wood as an all-American girl? It's ironic, since she was born Natalia Zakharenko, but I never understood why Hollywood cast her in "mixed" roles. Not to dis West Side Story, but I didn't believe for one second she was Puerto Rican. In Kings Go Forth, Natalie plays a French girl who "passes for white". Yes, I could have phrased it differently, but I was just trying to prepare you for the kind of language that's used in the film; there are some very politically incorrect lines of dialogue used by all three leads.

Anyway, if you can get over the fact that Natalie Wood is supposed to be half-black, feel free to read more of the plot. A soldier on leave, Frank Sinatra meets and falls in love with Natalie, unaware of her parentage. They enjoy a very respectful, chaste courtship, and he's even met her mother—but then Natalie tells him her deep, dark secret. Frank isn't happy about it, and says he needs some time to think.

Enter Tony Curtis, Frankie's pal and fellow soldier on leave. He's a notorious womanizer and also an all-around jerk, so when he starts showing interest in Natalie, the audience knows what mistake it will be if she returns his affections. With all the ridiculously dated parts to the story, I'll bring up an unrelated problem I have with the movie: In this love triangle, it's blatantly written out that Tony is the charming, attractive one and Frankie is not. Then why cast Frank Sinatra, the king of cool? If Frank Sinatra was interested in me, I wouldn't look twice at Tony Curtis.

If you really like any of the three leads, you might want to check this out, because despite the horrifically dated script and Natalie Wood's terrible French accent, the acting is pretty good. But if this is the kind of story you'll find offensive, you might want to rent The Sweet Smell of Success or Some Came Running instead.

Reviewed by SimonJack 7 / 10

Weak script and phony war details hurt this film

This movie had potential as a good wartime drama and romance, with racial overtones. The acting is mostly good but nothing exceptional. Frank Sinatra is 1st Lt. Sam Loggins. Tony Curtis plays Cpl. Britt Harris. They become part of a love triangle with Monique Blair (played by Natalie Wood). Harris is a heel and Loggins is a nice guy whom Blair just doesn't love. Leora Dana plays her mother, Mrs. Blair. Karl Swenson plays the colonel. The movie is in two parts, neither of which is very good. While the acting is okay, the drama script is a little weak and lacks energy. The war aspects are the bad part. In general, they are way out of kilter. Much of the Army stuff lacks pep and seems phony or unbelievable.

For instance, Lt. Loggins and all of the men we see around him are wearing brand new fatigues. We can understand that with Cpl. Harris and the other new replacements. But not the bulk of the troops who were seasoned veterans, with what should have been the worn clothing to match, from fighting in Italy, Sicily and North Africa. It's too bad the studio couldn't find worn combat gear for the actors in this film.

Loggins has just received a battlefield commission, so he should be a 2nd Lt., not a 1st Lt. Then, there are the frequent daily and weekend passes for these guys. Where and when in the war did troops on the front line of combat get such individual passes – and to where? Here they seem to be just a short distance from Nice. And they are stopped by a German force not too far away from Nice for more than two months. But there's no record of anything like that in the Allied invasion of southern France. And, that's enough to detract a great deal from the film.

It's too bad because the movie is based on a 1956 novel by Joe David Brown (1915-1976). Brown was a journalist and novelist who based much of his writing on personal experiences. That included his service in World War II. He was a paratrooper in the 460th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion that jumped near Le Muy, during the invasion of southern France from Aug. 15-28, 1944. He received a battlefield commission as a 2nd Lieutenant and was wounded. So, he probably tailored the Loggins character after himself. But beyond that, too many of the details in this film don't fit the reality of the campaign, time and place. Either Brown fictionalized that as well as the drama-romance, or Hollywood revised it – or both.

The setting for this movie is mostly along the French Riviera. The time is about two weeks after the Allied assault on southern France in Operation Dragoon (initially, Anvil). That began on Aug. 15, 1944. Paris was liberated on Aug. 25 by Allied forces from the June 6 D-Day landings at Normandy. Less than two weeks after the start of Dragoon, the German army had been routed from southern France as far as Grenoble, nearly 200 miles away. The French units had liberated Toulon and Marseilles by Aug 28.

The paratroop forces of Operation Hydra had spearheaded Dragoon with drops in all directions around Le Muy. They now had moved to the Var River valley north of Nice. They were to take on any remaining Germans that may be in the Maritime Alps to the east of there. The only others were a German mountain division at Grenoble and a division at Cannes- Nice – both of which were to withdraw east into Italy to pass over to Field Marshall Kesselring's command. As the airborne units moved east, the Germans fled into Italy. So, Nice and the whole Cote d'Azur is freed of Germans.

That's the real, historical military and war situation when this movie opens. Unfortunately, what follows in the movie doesn't fit this. The wartime drama and romance aspects are a big part of this movie, along with the scenery around Nice, France. But, the highly inaccurate portrayal of the wartime action detracts from an otherwise interesting story. The on-site scenes along the French Riviera gain this film one extra star.

The best scene in this film is in the opening when the American troops are marching through a village in the mountains (some distance north of Nice – who knows where?). Loggins stops in front of an old woman who is offering the G.I.s a drink of wine. He takes a glass of wine from the woman, and their exchange of dialog is memorable. Loggins, "Bonjour, madame!" Woman, "Bonjour, monsieur! Vive l' Amerique!" Loggins, "Vive la France!" Woman, "Vive le President Roosevelt!" Loggins, "Vive le General de Gaul!" Woman, "Vive le Radio City Music Hall!" Loggins, "Vive les Folies Bergere!"

There's an occasional comedy line in the film. Sam is going to drive Mrs. Blair to her home. Sam, "How do you feel about riding in a jeep?" Mrs. Blair, "It's one of the several experiences I promised myself before I die. Another is jumping out of a parachute." Sam, "No, dear. You jump out of a plane. You hold onto the parachute."

Reviewed by MartinHafer 8 / 10

While this film might have been better with Dorothy Dandridge, it is excellent.

This film is set in Europe during WWII and concerns a couple of American soldiers who fall for the same French girl. However, while the notion of two guys falling in love with the same person isn't particularly novel, how this is handled is.

The movie is narrated, at times, by Frank Sinatra and is told from the viewpoint of his character, Sam. Sam is in charge of a unit of soldier and when they are in France, he falls hard for a gorgeous French lady (Natalie Wood). Unfortunately, this is not reciprocated as although Sam is very nice, she only sees him as a friend. Unfortunately for her, however, she soon falls for Britt (Tony Curtis)...and Britt is a grade-A heel and only is interested in using this sweet girl.

This is a very good film. However, you really wonder how much better it might have been if the studio had been brave and cast the black actress, Dorothy Dandridge in the lead (as they originally intended). I am NOT complaining about Miss Wood's performance...she was EXCELLENT as a French woman. But the idea of having an obvious interracial romance would have made the film much more interesting and brave. As it is, Wood is supposed to be biracial but she really doesn't look it...and the film loses some of its punch. But it's still a good film and well worth your time...just not quite what it could have been. Sinatra is great in the movie, by the way...really, really good. And, Curtis plays an excellent fast- talking heel. Well written and unforgettable.

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