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- kevin sellers
Hollywood does The WW2 home front, with predictable results; a sanitized, sentimental exercise in unintended irony. From the mansion the four gals rent to the elegant dinner they serve one of the gal's fiancee to the fact that they're able to afford a housekeeper, it's an ode to how little the American civilian had to suffer compared to the Brit or the Russian. Unless of course you were a Japanese/American, in which case you suffered plenty. And those flashbacks do what I thought was impossible, namely to make Robert Ryan boring. Give it a C minus.
- Barbara Lee Harding
a.morris, what ever do you mean about Robert Ryan?
- Albert Collins
I agree with Moxie. Edward Dmytryk, the director, and Dalton Trumbo, the screenwriter were among the Hollywood Ten who were blacklisted during the McCarthy era.Ironically, Trumbo won 2 Oscars while being blacklisted for Roman Holiday, and The Brave One. ( one film he write under a pseudonym, the other using a friend as a front) .Tender Comrade may seem a bit like red propaganda, but it's a good film nonetheless.At her HUAC appearance, Ginger Rogers testified she was nave. Had she known that communists were involved in the production, she never would have appeared in the film!
Robert ryan was the sean michaels of the film world.
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As a person who lived through the McCarthy era, I am sadly reminded of the demagoguery we experienced at that time and even more saddened at the demagoguery we are currently experiencing. It seems that the reviewers are not that well educated in our own history. During the great depression starting in 1929 when we did not have unemployment insurance, social security and medicare, many people became disillusioned with our Democracy. I have a photo of my grandfather watching as a man jumped to his death after the stock market crash as many did. That combined with the great dust bowl of the great plains caused millions of Americans to suffer like never before in our history. Many people turned to Socialism or Communism, not knowing the inherent evils in Russian Communism. It was not until the pact between Hitler and Stalin did many of these people turn away and after WW2 when the atrocities of Stalin become known that almost all of these people left their communist sympathies behind. It should be stated emphatically that after Hitler invaded Russia on June 22, 1941, which was 5 months before we were attacked by the Japanese and entered WW2. Our material support for the Soviet Union began on that day. We were strong allies of the Soviet Union through out the war. Only after the war ended in 1945 and the Russians occupied all of eastern Europe did the red scare begin. And we had every right to be scared as the Russians were not only opposed to our way of life, they had nuclear weapons. The right wing element of our politics had always found a home in the Republican party for at least 100 years. So it is no surprise that the HUAC hearings ensued.
Over the top
I liked the theme to Tender Comrade and I love Robert Ryan but to me, Ginger Rogers is so over the top and trying to act childish in some of the movie she's in. I get she's supposed to be that way in this movie but it would have been amazing had she toned it down some. It was an interesting movie but parts were like fingernails on a chalkboard. Robert Ryan was amazing and got to play a good guy with a sweet smile.
SHOW WHAT OUR COUNTRY USED TO STAND FOR
- Lynn Fontaine
This IS a propaganda film, but it was made in 1944 when we had been through 4 years of war, some of soldiers, more. The fact that this movie showed what the women at home would try to do to help out, is NOT wrong. And even seen through 21st century glasses it is STILL a great movie. IF you think that they are NOT making the same kind of TV shows and movies today you are wrong. Listen to any show and it will tell you which way the writer leans. Trumbo wrote through his banishment with another name, and the director did the same. IF YOU WERE brought up on charges today, WHAT WOULD YOU DO??? An excellent film with and excellent cast who told it like it was. I'd give it 6 STARS if I could
ONE OF THE BEST PATRIOTIC MOVIES
- Lucy Lou
THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE MOVIES. I LOVE GINGER ROGERS AND ROBERT RYAN IN THIS MOVIE. I WISH MORE MOVIES WERE LIKE THIS ONE. IT BUILDS THE COUNTRY UP INSTEAD OF TEARING IT DOWN. WARNER ARCHIVES PLEASE RELEASE THIS MOVIE THIS YEAR (2013) I WOULD BUY IT. I ALSO WANT YOU TO RELEASE RACHEL AND THE STRANGER, VIVACIOUS LADY, NEVER A DULL MOMENT WITH IRENE DUNNE AND A TICKLISH AFFAIR. PLEASE RELEASE THESE SOON
I've written a review for this but it has never showed up. I'll make this short and sweet: Rogers and Ryan have great chemistry and I'm sorry they didn't make any more films together. This is a film made for WWII audiences and there is no point in trying to see it through a 21st century lens. It was an intensely patriotic time and the fate of the world was hanging on a thread in Germany and Japan Ryan's performance is as nuanced as usual; he's never turned in a bad one. It is a joy to see him playing a nice guy with a sweet smile on his face. Ginger goes from petulant brat to capable adult in the space of 100 minutes. Wish I would have had the sense to record this; I'd like to see it again and again.
Weepy Propaganda. Great Cast
I love a good WW2 propaganda picture, even the lapel grabbing moments and the lectures. But this one doesn't know when to stop!A fabulously talented cast helps make it work as well as it does.
- Chester E. Thurman
This movie is to my estimation important because of its historical value. It shows in part the mindset of a small segment of Americans who pulled together as a giant team and supported the military during WWII. The women depicted the heart of the Rosie the Riviter set, the heroic ladies who helped build the fighting machines used by our Army Air Corp. It showed the tenacity, courage showed, the support they shared with other and enduring love they had for the men they were missing. This film would be great to show the difference between today's mind set and that of the 1940's.
- J. Thompson
I'm not going into any politics of the early 40's or details that made this a chick flick. All I can say is that if you want to see a solid performance by Ginger Rogers and to also see her as a absolute knockout at age 32, this is the flick to cherish. She holds this movie together.
- Bruce Reber
I find "Tender Comrade" (1944) starring Ginger Rogers and Robert Ryan curiously ironic, given the fact that director Edward Dmytryk and screenwriter Dalton Trumbo were two of the people involved in its making. The film was made at the height of WW2 before the House Un-American Activities Committee was formed shortly after the end of the war, resulting in both of them being blacklisted for their past Communist activities in the 1950's. Their careers were differently affected - Dmytryk named names of Red sympathizers in Hollywood to HUAC and was allowed to continue directing films, while Trumbo stuck to his guns and refused to say anything to betray his friends and was blacklisted, though he continued to write under various pseudonyms. "Tender Comrade" is a pro-American and pro-Democracy propaganda film intended to boost morale on the American homefront during WW2, and it seems ironic that this film is a product of two people whose beliefs were opposed to America and Democracy. Robert Ryan, who was often criticized for his liberal beliefs, was not affected by HUAC chiefly because of his honorable service in WW2 and not being associated with Communism in any way.
A Wartime Propaganda Weepie
This film is a time capsule of wartime sentimentality. It is probably the quintessential wartime propaganda film, and was quite successful. However it exploited the real concerns of the audience with a message that was mixed with a kind of socialist underlayment. There's not doubt that the screenplay and the direction were inspired by the ideology of the extreme left. There's nothing wrong with that...and no American deserved to be punished or ostracized, as they later were, for their beliefs...but at the same time, the director and screenwriter were on the wrong side of the argument.
Not a good film
Actually not a movie, but a forced tear jerker, which, back in its time may have been inspirational but now seems nonsense.The last 5 minutes of Ginger Rogers & the quasi-patriotic drivel are worth a look...an example of how NOT to pluck an audiences heart strings.One of the worst WW2 era flicks generated.
is a very good movie. It touches on quite a few emotions throughout its run. I, feel, movies that can pull this off successfully, as this one does, are some of the best movies to be made. I know people tend to put movies with these themes with some of the drama into a category of being melodramatic, like it is a bad thing, but I don't agree. I have come to realize from actual people whom lived what the movies portrayed (the melodramatic moments) these movies weren't all fiction. So if it is melodrama, than sorrow is just that. But if you lived it, you would not appreciate a downplay of your experience. Either way, this movie is a very good movie. If that isn't enough to get you interested, than if you like Ginger Rogers, then this is a good movie to watch, because it is her movie, mostly.