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Class of ’44 (1973)

classof44-1It’s graduation time at a Brooklyn high school, and three close friends must part; Benjie (Oliver Conant) goes off to war while Oscy and Hermie (Jerry Houser and Gary Grimes) enrol in college.

This is a recycled version of Robert Mulligan’s hugely successful Summer of ’42 (1971), using the same screenwriter (Herman Raucher), characters and lead actors.

classof44-2Raucher’s narrative imagination has run out of steam, however, and director Paul Bogart is no Mulligan.

Made with evocative attention to period detail and trading on the charm of Grimes and his co-stars, it’s OK – but not much more.

Hermie
Gary Grimes
Oscy
Jerry Houser
Benjie
Oliver Conant
Fraternity president
William Atherton
Marty
Sam Bottoms
Julie
Deborah Winters
Professor
Joe Ponazecki
Principal
Murray Westgate

Director
Paul Bogart

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