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TCM 31 Days of Oscar – The Amercianization of Emily

TCM 31 Days of Oscar

TCM 31 Days of Oscar

I’ve challenged myself to watch a movie every day from Turner Classic Movie channel’s 31 Days of Oscar. And I’m going to be focusing on the movies I haven’t seen yet, with maybe just a few rewatch movies.

Here is my 13th day and movie of my challenge to TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar.

The Americanization of Emily

The Americanization of Emily

8 out of 10 stars

1950 Western film. Starring Julie Andrews, James Garner, James Coburn, Melvyn Douglas and Joyce Grenfell.

The 360° Game: stars off with The Magnificent Seven starring James Coburn, and she was in The Amaricanization of Emily with Gregory Peck who was in the next film, Marooned.

And the Oscar does not go to… Nominated for two Academy Awards in 1965, for Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography.

Short Synopsis: An American naval officer’s talent for living the good life in wartime is challenged when he falls in love and is sent on a dangerous mission. (115 min.)

My Thoughts: This was a nice romance movie. I loved Julie Andrews the most, and James Garner was funny. As for the story, there was some hidden Anti-War thoughts to go along with this comedy. This is something I look forward to rewatching in the future.

A note before I start watching this… why I chose this movie: Julie Andrews! Also it’s a Navy themed movie.

The Play by Play Thoughts

(Ben Mankiewicz introduction: he describes this movie as an Anti-war and dark comedy movie.)

The Americanization of Emily

0:03 James Garner getting everything set. From what it looks like, Charlie’s job is to make his Admiral happy. He’s very effecient at what he does. And he’s also a womanizer with any lady that walks by.

Dog Robber

0:07 “Dog Robber. And the Navy prides themselves as having the best “Dog-Robbers”. Sounds more like the General or Admiral’s personal secretary.

Dog Robber Noun

  1. “(obsolete, derogatory) A contemptible person, especially one who steals scraps of food.
  2. (obsolete) A menial; a low-level servant.
  3. (military, slang) An officer’s orderly or servant; a factotum; Someone whose job is to run errands for an officer.
  4. (military, slang) One whose role is to acquire scarce goods, from military equipment to liquor or perfume, often staying barely within the letter of the law.”

The Americanization of Emily

0:11 Driving Mr. James. Julie Andrews is the good looking woman that is driving James around.

Julie Andrews - I fall in love too easily

0:16 “As I say, I’m grotesquely sentimental.” Love how she describes falling in love with all the soldiers who’ve been injured in the war and how she just can’t say no to them.

The Americanization of Emily

0:23 The Bridge Game. As Julie said, “It’s going to be a blood bath.”

0:26 World War 2, “An All Army War” and it’s up to the Admiral to see to it that the President and people know that it’s also a Navy War. They don’t mention here, but this is true. But as for Admiral Jessup proving who’s war it is, well isn’t that the Navy PR’s job?

0:31 “The first dead man on the beach of Omaha must be a sailor.” And here comes the crazy schemes.

The Americanization of Emily quote

0:40 Commander’s Metaphysics of the War. And Mrs. Barham needed a good cry.

0:51 The first movie for the essence of the Navy. And Charlie doesn’t approve, but thankfully he has a friend like Bus that helps him stay away from the Front Lines and having to make “this ridiculous movie.”

The Americanization of Emily

0:59 The Honeymoon is over. “Oh this one really takes the cake.” – Bus. Trust that womanizing friend Bus to end the romance.

1:08 “A Tomb of the Unknown Sailor? Holy cow, Bus!” Apparently Admiral Jessup’s scheme looks like it’ll go somewhere bigger than Charlie and Bus thought. And Charlie is right, this scheme is something that the Navy Public Relations should be doing.

1:13 “Well it seems I cracked up Charlie.” Admiral tells Charlie that the boats cast off at 2130, so 9:30, so Charlie and Bus will miss them because their plane lands after the fleets left.

The Americanization of Emily

1:23 “What do mean the whole fleet turned around?” It means that Charlie will be the “Tomb of the Sailor”.

1:45 “We had a nice dead hero, now we have, now we got a lousy, live coward.” Charlie was already a coward Bus.
Admiral Jessup’s better and he now has more schemes for Charlie. And it’s a good thing that Julie Andrews showed up just in time to join everyone in South Hampton.


1:52 “I’m going to tell the truth Bus.” Bus admits that Charlie has a legit reason to be mad at him. It explains why the music suddenly stopped after Charlie and Julie’s romantic reunion.

1:59 “I’ll settle for a Hershey Bar.” Julie Andrews settling for a coward. At least she convinced him not to tarnish the image of the American War Hero.


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