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The Bridges at Toko-Ri

Released 1954
Distributor Paramount Pictures

Set in the New Hebrides during World War II, James A. Michener’s Tales of the South Pacific inspired the sweepingly romantic stage and film versions of South Pacific—his best-selling The Bridges at Toko-Ri resulted in a far grimmer portrayal of war directed by Mark Robson. William Holden plays a rebellious navy aviator flying missions over North Korea and Grace Kelly his faithful if long-suffering wife. Mickey Rooney is along for some comic relief while Fredric March toes the line as a no-nonsense Admiral.

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About Illeana Douglas

Illeana Douglas is an actress, writer, director, and also the granddaughter of two-time Academy Award-winning actor Melvyn Douglas. Some of her memorable film roles include Goodfellas, Cape Fear, To Die For, Grace of My Heart, Stir of Echoes, Ghost World and others that did very well in Sweden. Illeana created and starred in the multi-award winning web-series Easy to Assemble for IKEA. She is directing the feature Love Is Funny based on her original script. It’s a comedy, yes. Illeana is the host of Trailblazing Women on Turner Classic Movies. Her memoir, I Blame Dennis Hopper: Stories Lived In And Out Of The Movies, is available now. She hosts the I Blame Dennis Hopper Podcast, available on iTunes and everywhere else podcasts can be streamed and downloaded.