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A Kinder, Simpler Time Dept.: Your Movie Columnist

December 26, 2009 | 12:00 pm

Dec. 26, 1963 

Dec. 26, 1963: “I was horrified by ‘The Victors,’ from which I expected so much. It's the last picture in the world you'd want to see this season. I'm amazed at Carl Foreman, who wrote 'River Kwai' and 'Guns of Navarone.' He seemed to go out of his way to show the American solider at his brutal, bestial worst. One shoots a puppy dog that follows a transport. Grimmest scene shows a deserter being shot on Christmas Day, with hundreds of GIs looking on in the snow as Frank Sinatra sings 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.' Oh, no!”

And it's not on Netflix! --lrh