Another Time Another Place
Sean Connery only appears in the pivotal early scenes of Another Time, Another Place, but in his fourth film the future James Bond was already showing superstar potential. This U.S./British melodrama introduced Connery to American audiences in high style: He plays dashing World War II reporter Mark Trevor, first seen covering the defusing of an unexploded German missile in the British countryside. He's joined there by his journalist lover Sara Scott (Lana Turner), who's yet unaware that Trevor has a loving wife (Glynis Johns) and young son to whom he's still openly devoted. When fate takes a unexpected turn, Sara visits Trevor's Cornish village, hoping to learn something more about the man she loved. What happens there gives the film (based on a romantic novel by Lenore Coffee) an added boost of emotional suspense, but director Lewis Allen (best known for helming the taut Frank Sinatra thriller Suddenly) doesn't really have his heart in it, . Turner was 10 years older than Connery (and it shows), and the film feels like a Douglas Sirk leftover--perfectly enjoyable as a standard '50s melodrama (and Paramount's DVD looks and sounds terrific), but not as polished or believable as Sirk's three-hankie classic Imitation of Life, in which Turner starred the following year. Think of this film as Turner's warm-up for Sirk's; both occupy similar emotional territory, and make for a supremely weepy double-feature. --Jeff Shannon
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This romance/melodrama is worth watching for the very young and charismatic Connery and the equally young and talented Glynis Johns, who plays his wife. Lana Turner, on the other hand, makes the movie almost unwatchable. Her platinum hair, thick make-up, and glamorous wardrobe don't fit a wartime correspondent and her acting is terrible. Every line is delivered in a breathy, petulant voice with indulgent/silly over-acting. Several supporting actors, including Barry Sullivan, are excellent, but Lana almost destroys the movie. I've watched it twice and fell asleep both times. (Re-watching it was a chore.)
The black and white movie is partially filmed in a charming English village but stock footage and fake outdoor sets detract greatly; the overall look is cheap. A silly, overwrought script that never really touches the heart makes this a movie for Sean Connery fans only.
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In the uncertain days of London and the Second World War, journalist Sara Scott (Lana Turner) meets handsome war correspondant Mark Trevor (Sean Connery) and they embark on a tender love affair. Only after Mark is tragically killed does Sara discover that he was married to Kay (Glynis Johns). The two women unexpectedly meet in Kay's Cornish village...and the scene is set for a dramatic confrontation. Beautifully-shot in black and white on VistaVision film stock, ANOTHER TIME ANOTHER PLACE ranks as one of Lana Turner's greatest films of the period. Glynis Johns gives Kay a dignity and strength which is heartbreaking. With Barry Sullivan, Sid James, Doris Hare and Robin Bailey. Despite what the DVD cover would have you believe, Sean Connery's role is quite small (this was his fourth film) but his role becomes the catalyst in bringing together the two women (the main plot of the film).
Turner's career received a much-needed boost with this film. Gone were her glory days of being M-G-M's premier Sweater Girl, and Turner was languishing in a series of bad comedies and musicals ("Mr Imperium" anyone?). ANOTHER TIME ANOTHER PLACE (and her Oscar-nominated role in "Peyton Place") put Turner back into the upper-echelon of Hollywood stars, a position she kept when "Imitation of Life" and "Portrait in Black", two sudsers from Universal, were released to great acclaim the following year.
Solid and intimate romantic drama.
Trivia: One wonders how Lana acted and looked so good through movie because she was being harassed at the time by gangster boyfriend Johnny Stompanato. According to several Lana Turner biographies, he fought with Sean Connery and lost control over jealousy toward Lana Turner. Johnny Stompanato was exported out of the country because he legally wasn't supposed to be there. Shortly there afterwards, Johnny Stompanato was stabbed to death by Lana Turner's daughter Cheryl Crane, when Cheryl thought Johnny was going to kill her mother. This is one of the most famous Hollywood murder cases of all time. As being a friend and someone who has corresponded with Cheryl, I can tell you that she has a heart of gold. It is a shame that many bad things have been written about her by unsympathic people. I would think any good child would do the same thing to protect their parent, who they thought was in immediate danger. Anyway, go buy this movie and enjoy.
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