The New Pictures, May 28, 1945

A Medal for Benny (Paramount) rates a medal for Paramount. The first reels of this John Steinbeck story are a little ripe with folksiness, but along about the middle the picture comes vividly to life.

It is a story about one of the minor U.S. minorities—California's Paisanos, the indigent descendants of the original Indians and Spanish settlers. One of them, an amiable no-good (Arturo de Cordova), is trying to make time with a young woman (Dorothy Lamour) who is interested only in her boy friend Benny, at war in the Pacific. Between failures with...

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