The Naked and the Dead 09/01/18

The Warner Archive Collection

One of the splashier WW2 combat sagas adapts Norman Mailer’s respected book but ends up a bona fide mess. Aldo Ray, Cliff Robertson and Raymond Massey flail about in a compromised screen story, augmented with side-dish appearances by sultry Barbara Nichols and — even though she’s allowed to contribute almost nothing — famous ecdysiast Lili St. Cyr.  Let the search for outtakes begin. With exactly every actor one would expect in a 1958 war movie — William Campbell, Richard Jaeckel, James Best, Joey Bishop, Jerry Paris and a humiliating role for L.Q. Jones. On Blu-ray from The Warner Archive Collection.