Hello God (1951)

Genres - Drama, War  |   Sub-Genres - War Drama  |   Run Time - 64 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Sandra Brennan

This rather obscure drama has a background story more interesting than the film itself. It starred Errol Flynn who agreed to make it for long-time friend and director William Marshall. Part of Flynn's motivation was to escape a Warner's Brothers contract. The film caused controversy because it had a strong pacifistic message that did not fit the times. It is the story of an unknown soldier who describes the lives and deaths of four soldiers who died at Anzio during WW II. After making the film, Flynn and Warners came to a satisfactory agreement. He then decided he did not want the film released and so tried to have someone steal the negative of the film. Marshall, determined to release it, added outtakes, and new footage to the damaged original causing Flynn to angrily launch a lawsuit, claiming that such an anti-war film was bad for the public. The suits were never totally resolved, and the film was only shown briefly in Europe.



war, God, marshal