Cinema: The New Pictures: May 30, 1938

Yellow Jack (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) is by long odds the cinema season's most thrilling melodrama. Its scene: fever-racked Cuba after the Spanish-American War. Its vampire-villain is Aedes

(Stegomyia) aegypti, the yellow-fever mosquito. Its heroes are the men who braved mosquito bite to find an effective yellow-fever cure.

Yellow Jack's story goes from scientific detachment to taut drama, but always with a paucity of heroics, a leavening of lightness and brightness. Fashioned from the Sidney Howard-Paul de Kruif play of 1934. Edward Chodorov's cinema is firmly rooted in facts. It records, against a back-ground of Army life...

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