Cinema: The New Pictures, Jun. 18, 1956

The Proud and Profane (Paramount) is another rematch between those reliable romantic antagonists: the roughneck and the lady. Both are in uniform this time, and their I-hate-you-I-love-you conflict is fought on the beaches and bedrooms of the South Pacific during World War II.

William Holden, wearing a mustache and a scowl, plays a hard-boiled Marine colonel who flourishes a swagger stick, derides the Red Cross for dishing out "sentimental slop" to his boys, eats out a chaplain simply because the troops, attending a prayer meeting called by the reverend, got sprayed by Japanese mortar...

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