Cinema: A Catered Affair

Cast a Giant Shadow, another exercise in movie biography, may be filed as a case of mistaken identity: any resemblance to persons living or dead is sacrificed to make elbowroom for Hero Kirk Douglas. The ostensible hero is Colonel David "Mickey" Marcus, a Jewish graduate of West Point who became New York City's crime-busting commissioner of correction under Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, was a wartime adviser to President Roosevelt and helped to organize the Nurnberg trials. In 1948, after serving as unofficial military adviser to Israel, he became supreme commander of the Israeli...

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