The Naked and the Dead

The Naked and the Dead

Director: Raoul Walsh Cast: Aldo Ray, Cliff Robertson, Raymond Massey

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Overview

Despite an ad campaign wherein RKO Radio congratulated itself for its "guts," this long-delayed film version of Norman Mailer's bestselling WW2 novel The Naked and the Dead still had to pull most of its punches (especially when it came to four-letter words). Aldo Ray heads the cast as sadistic sergeant Croft, who'd as soon kill one of his own men as he would the Japanese. Sensitive, moralistic Lieutenant Hearn (Cliff Robertson) tries to put a leash on Croft, but he's ordered to keep out of the situation by psychotic General Cummings (Raymond Massey), who is convinced that soldiers will fight harder the more they hate their superiors. The film wavers uncomfortably between excessive violence and excessive moralizing, with time out for a few ill-conceived slapstick setpieces (including an outsized barroom brawl) and romantic interludes with such zaftig beauties as stripteaser Lili (Lili St. Cyr) and good-time girl Mildred (Barbara Nichols). In one of his first film appearances, comedian Joey Bishop plays Pvt. Roth, whose reaction to Sgt. Croft's relentless anti-semitism culminates in a spectacular death scene. Distribution of The Naked and the Dead was taken over from the failing RKO Radio operation by Warner Bros., who also changed the name of the film's widescreen process from SuperScope to WarnerScope.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/28/2018
UPC: 0888574489229
Original Release: 1958
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 2:11:00
Sales rank: 3,036

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Aldo Ray Sgt. Croft
Cliff Robertson Lt. Hearn
Raymond Massey Gen. Cummings
Barbara Nichols Mildred
William Campbell Brown
Richard Jaeckel Gallagher
James Best Rhidges
Joey Bishop Roth
Jerry Paris Goldstein
Robert Gist Red
L.Q. Jones Wilson
Casey Adams Co. Dalleson
Ed McNally Cohn
Greg Roman Minetta
Henry Amargo Julio Martinez
Lili St. Cyr Lilly
John Beradino Mantelli

Technical Credits
Raoul Walsh Director
Joseph C. Behm Production Manager
Paul Gregory Producer
Edward S. Haworth Art Director
Bernard Herrmann Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
William L. Kuehl Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
Joseph La Shelle Cinematographer
Robert B. Lee Sound/Sound Designer
Oscar Rodriguez Costumes/Costume Designer
Denis Sanders Screenwriter
Terry Sanders Screenwriter
Russ Saunders Asst. Director
Arthur P. Schmidt Editor
Allan Snyder Makeup

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