MCMXXXIX XXV: Five Came Back

Five Came Back. John Farrow. 1939.

Oh, Lucille Ball in a dramatic part? I think I’ve seen her only in comedies?

This looks like a pretty low budget movie? I mean, just by how awkward these shots are — it’s like nobody had time to do any blocking, and everybody’s hidden behind something else. Or perhaps the cinematographer just sucks.

Yup; guessed it:

Although primarily filmed on a back lot, Five Came Back overcame some of the limitations of its low-budget.

But I’m digging this. It’s so… earnest.

It’s got the classic catastrophe movie structure — first half the movie is spent introducing the characters (and there’s a lot of complicated relationships and intrigue), and then the catastrophe, and then it’s all about how to survive the catastrophe.

It’s efficiently done, because this is a pretty short movie, but it doesn’t feel hurried.

But I kinda lost interest somehow? It might just be me; I’m a bit distracted.

This blog post is part of the 1939

One thought on “MCMXXXIX XXV: Five Came Back”

  1. Lucille Ball’s extraordinary beauty shines through the ultra-low budget.
    ps. Didn’t you buy a new Dysonaur recently?

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