Cinema: World War Twosome

In Harm's Way. As a man adept at turning big brawny books into big brawny spectaculars, Producer-Director Otto Preminger (Exodus, The Cardinal) often makes ostentatious movies, but he almost never makes dull ones. This epic based on the novel by James Bassett is among Preminger's liveliest. Its clear, unequivocal message is that World War II was fought to make the world safe for wide-screen melodrama.

Harm's Way opens at a Pearl Harbor naval officers' dance on the evening of Dec. 6, 1941. While boozy Commander Kirk Douglas is at sea, his wife (Barbara Bouchet)...

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