One of Paramount's prestige pictures in 1943, when Katina Paxinou won an Oscar for best supporting actress, and the film picked up nominations in virtually every major category - but not in writing and in direction, and that's the tell. As an American fighting with the partisans in the Spanish Civil War, Cooper makes a perfect Hemingway hero, robust and romantic in equal measures. Falling in love with Ingrid Bergman's peasant guerilla makes a lot of sense too, but the film's a mess dramatically. Wood approaches the material with kid gloves, when Hemingway was always a bare-knuckle fighter. Most later prints were tightened dramatically by being reduced to 130 minutes.
Cast and crew
Arturo de Cordova