Friday, January 15, 2016

1957-1958. Great film despite geography goofs

Pris'ners whistled the march, "Colonel Bogey"
Alec Guinness was cast as a fogey
Task: to link terra firma
(Ceylon subbed as Burma)
The tropical heat made crew logy.

Jack Hawkins' role was to embolden
The saboteur (played by Bill Holden)
Commandant was a jerk
Said, "Be happy in work"   (spoken at about 2:40) 

I loved when the bridge began foldin'!

"The Bridge on the River Kwai" was released in Dec. 1957.  Based on a true story, it won seven Academy Awards in 1958, including best picture.  Although the Kwai River is wholly in Thailand, the story is set in Burma (now Myanmar) and all filming was done in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka.)  Why?  Ask Columbo...

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