This weekend Turner Classic Movies kicks off it’s annual Memorial Day Weekend marathon of classic war films with one of my all time favorites. First, I should say that I am a nut for films set against the backdrop of World War I. They’re not as prolific as films about World War II but that’s part of their appeal. They’re hidden gems and you never know when you’ll uncover a good one.
|Abel Gance's WW1 epic J' Accuse (1919)|
There are some very popular WW1 films to be sure. Lawrence Of Arabia, Paths of Glory, Sgt York, The Big Parade, All Quiet On The Western Front, La Grande Illusion, Dawn Patrol , Wings, Hell's Angels and, one of my personal favorites, Abel Gance’s jaw dropping WW1 epic J’Accuse(possibly the greatest film about WW1 ever made). But there are a whole slew of rarely seen WW1 films that don’t get the press of those other more well known movies. Films like Leslie Howard’s Captured!(1933), the terrific Richard Dix film Ace Of Aces(1933) and the subject of this particular post, the 1933 film Hell Below.
|Robert Montgomery in Hell Below|
|Robert Montgomery and Walter Huston in Hell Below|
|Hell's Angels (1930). A classic WW1 film.|
|Jean Renoir's WW1 opus La Grande Illusion.|
|Montgomery at the periscope in Hell Below|
|Montgomery and Madge Evans between scenes on the set of Hell Below.|
Turner Classic Movies will show Hell Below on Saturday at 6:00 AM eastern, launching TCM’s always entertaining Memorial Day Weekend Movie Marathon. Don’t miss it!