Cinema: New Picture, Mar. 15, 1943

At the Front in North Africa (U.S. Signal Corps—Warner) might be more appropriately titled "Darryl Zanuck's War." A Technicolor panorama of the early stages of the North African invasion, it was filmed by 42 Signal Corps photographers under Cinemaestro Zanuck's personal direction. It has all the Zanuck fingerprints: it is flamboyant, melodramatic, sometimes corny, sometimes hysterical—but never dull. A pretty picture, it never approaches the unvarnished realism of the best Nazi or Soviet war films.

The film covers the North African campaign comprehensively. It begins with a review of French and Arab soldiers...

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