HEAVEN KNOWS, MR. ALLISON (1957) C widescreen 107m dir: John Huston

w/ Deborah Kerr, Robert Mitchum

From Variety's contemporary review of the film: "Behind the misleading title is an intriguing yarn about two people on opposite ends of the social ladder, thrown together in a highly unusual situation. It's about a marine marooned on a small Pacific atoll [Tobago] with a nun. They divide their time dodging [Japanese soldiers] and trying to steer clear of their emotions.

"The film, directed with something less than outstanding imagination by John Huston, but with a good measure of humor and bravado, holds out an early promise which it doesn't keep. The parallel is drawn between the nun and her vocation and the marine with his, both subject to strong discipline. But --- apart from a few remarks --- the character and motivations of Deborah Kerr remain shrouded in mystery, and she reveals very little of herself.

"The high spots of the film involve Robert Mitchum's exploits --- and fantastic ones they are --- in the midst of the occupying Japanese force when he raids its supply depot for food. These scenes are staged with noise, gusto and a good deal of suspense."

HEAVEN KNOWS, MR. ALLISON was nominated for two Oscars: Best Actress (Kerr) and Adapted Screenplay (John Lee Mahin and John Huston, based on the novel by Charles Shaw).