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Yellow Jack (1938)





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The Sidney Howard/Paul de Kruf Broadway play Yellow Jack was transferred to the screen by MGM in 1938. The film is set at the turn of the century, when yellow fever was the Number One killer in Latin America. Army doctors Lewis Stone, Charles Coburn and Stanley Ridges gather in Cuba to attempt to find the cause and cure of the dreaded disease. Five US soldiers--Robert Montgomery, Buddy Ebsen, Alan Curtis, Sam Levene and William Henry--volunteer to expose themselves to yellow fever as a means to test the experimental vaccines. In a very well handled close-up setpiece, the audience discovers long before the medical staff that the humble mosquito is the disease carrier. The "Let me be the first to die" brand of heroics is sometimes hard to take, but otherwise Yellow Jack is inspiring entertainment in the grand old Hollywood tradition. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Robert Montgomery
as John O'Hara
Virginia Bruce
as Frances Blake
Lewis Stone
as Maj. Walter Reed
Andy Devine
as Charlie Spell
Henry Hull
as Dr. Jesse Lazear
Charles Coburn
as Dr. Finlay
Buddy Ebsen
as Jellybeans
Henry O'Neill
as William Gorgas
Janet Beecher
as Miss MacDade
Alan Curtis
as Brinkerhof
Stanley Ridges
as Dr. James Carroll
Phillip Terry
as Ferguson
Jonathan Hale
as Maj. Gen. Leonard Wood
C. Henry Gordon
as Col. Wiggins
Larry Steers
as Officer
Roger Converse
as Lieutenant
Francisco Maran
as Interpreter
Hudson Shotwell
as Cavalryman
Brent Sargent
as Cavalryman
Dick Wessel
as Cavalryman
Ted Oliver
as Cavalryman
John Patterson
as Cavalryman
Charles Sullivan
as Cavalryman
George Magrill
as Cavalryman
Rosina Galli
as Spanish Woman
Lucio Villegas
as Old Man in Bed
Inez Palange
as Dr. Finlay's Housekeeper
Joe Dominguez
as Interpreter
Harry Semels
as Cuban Carriage Driver
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As a whole... Yellow Jack is a fine worthwhile picture that just misses being a great one.

October 10, 2019 | Full Review…

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