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Scarecrow on Seattle: YOU CAME ALONG

For the past few years, Scarecrow Video has been contributing reviews of movies made in the Pacific Northwest to the Seattle Office of Film + Music's e-newsletter (you may have seen some of them when we had our Scarecrow on Seattle rental section up last year). We're now proud to be able to share these reviews on our site as well.

 

 

 

 

You Came Along (1945)
You Came Along, from 1945 is a strange film indeed. With a script by Ayn Rand and a story that starts out as light comedy and ends as a tearjerker, it is by turns delightful and dark. The film tells the story of war hero Bob Collins (Bob Cummings) and his two war buddies as they participate in a tour selling war bonds. Ivy Hotchkiss, a shapely blond from the treasury department (Lizabeth Scott) is sent along to make sure the tour runs smoothly, and boy does she has her work cut out for her! The three soldiers love to drink and cause trouble. Ivy does her best to keep these devil may care men in line, until ultimately the come to respect and care for her. As the tour progresses, she and Collins fall deeply in love. Throughout the film we are given hints that all is not right with Bob Collins. His buddies are close mouthed about his history, and avoid the subject as much as possible. It is only when a well intentioned medical officer accidentally drops the news that Collins is dying of Leukemia that the puzzle comes together. The brave pilot has known all along that this tour is his last hurrah. Choosing to stay at his side, without revealing what she knows, Ivy becomes a tragic heroine. Coming, as it did at the end of WWII, the intent of this film may have been to give returning servicemen hope for the future. It seems to say that good women, and good lives, awaited even the most hopeless cases. It is an interesting film, but like far too many movies of its generation, has never been released on VHS, DVD, or even LaserDisc. Even the most diligent efforts of the Scarecrow Video staff have failed to unearth a copy. However, with the recent print-on-demand services such as Warner Archives, you may see it on our shelves sometime.
-Rhias Hall

 

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