Picks and Pans Review: Don Winslow of the Navy
Once World War II really got under way, Don sailed into some pretty thick propaganda, laying waste to sadistic Japanese stereo-types. In this 1942 release, however, the enemy is the Scorpion, a Nazi terrorist who appears only as a face on a telecommunications device, reminding his henchmen that they know the penalty for failure. That penalty, of course, is getting humiliated again in the next episode by Don, his pal Red (Walter Sande) and their allies. (The series used obvious toy boats in miniature settings and ships from stock footage.) Trivia devotees will note that Don's radioman is Peter Leeds, later a cohort of satirist Stan Freberg. A warning: This story's 12 episodes last nearly four hours. Watching them in one sitting would be like eating two gallons of ice cream for dinner: way too much of a good thing. (Video Images, $69.95)
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