Sergeant York 10/03/20

The Warner Archive Collection

Ya like quality pro-intervention propaganda?  Warners’ filmic call to arms inspired America’s reluctant warriors via a superhuman feat by a highly decorated WW1 veteran… and promptly got into hot water with the United States congress. Howard Hawks’ highly effective load of sentiment and sanctimony makes Tennesseans look like denizens of Dogpatch, U.S.A.. But America loved it, even favorite Gary Cooper’s cute ‘aw shucks’ mannerisms that compare shooting the enemy with shooting a turkey. That’s how we baby boomers learned about patriotism.  With Walter Brennan, Margaret Wycherly, George Tobias and a radiant, sweet-sixteen Joan Leslie. On Blu-ray from The Warner Archive Collection.