HEAVEN KNOWS, Mr. Allison   
War, drama. 1957
Deborah Kerr, Robert Mitchum

On one hand, Huston's typically wry contribution to Hollywood's
long-established, censor-baiting fascination with nuns. On the
other, a quirky and superior reworking of his own The African
Queen. Deborah Kerr, back in the habit ten years after Black
Narcissus, is stranded on a Jap-held Pacific island with Marine
corporal Mitchum, whose wonderfully low-key portrait of melting
machismo is everything Bogart's respectably Oscar-chasing
irascibility wasn't. The favourite film of its veteran screenwriter,
John Lee Mahin.

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