Big Jim McLain


In this Cold War film, Big Jim McLain (John Wayne) and his partner Mal Baxter (Jim Arness) head to Hawaii to investigate a subversive pro-Communist organization. Feigning love for suspect Nancy Vallon (Nancy Olson), McLain ferrets out the name of the Big Cheese in charge of operations.
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In this Cold War film, Big Jim McLain (John Wayne) and his partner Mal Baxter (Jim Arness) head to Hawaii to investigate a subversive pro-Communist organization. Feigning love for suspect Nancy Vallon (Nancy Olson), McLain ferrets out the name of the Big Cheese in charge of operations.
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Special Features

Vintage Joe McDoakes comedy short So You Want to Enjoy Life; Classic cartoon The Super Snooper; Theatrical trailer; Subtitles: English & Fran├žais (feature film only)
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hal Erickson
Of all the "kill the commies" cold war films of the 1950s, John Wayne's Big Jim McLain may well be the worst. Certainly it's the hardest one to sit through today. The Duke and his partner Jim Arness (Wayne's real-life protege) head to Hawaii to investigate a subversive pro-Red organization. Feigning love for suspect Nancy Olson, Wayne ferrets out the name of the Big Cheese, played by Gayne Whitman. After a long wild-goose chase, peopled by such oddball types as Hans Conried and Alan Napier, Wayne catches up with his quarry, who has--egad!--already murdered Arness. Wayne exacts vengeance, paving the way for a final clinch with Nancy Olson, who turns out to be true-blue and not red after all. To quote Spike Jones: "Peeeeee.....yewwwww."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/22/2007
  • UPC: 085391145332
  • Original Release: 1952
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
  • Presentation: Repackaged / Subtitled / Special Packaging / Full Frame
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 25,726

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Wayne Big Jim McLain
Nancy Olson Nancy Vallon
James Arness Mal Baxter
Alan Napier Sturak
Veda Ann Borg Madge
Hans Conried Robert Henried
Gayne Whitman Dr. Gelster
Hal Baylor Poke
Robert Keys Edwin White
John Hubbard Lieutenant Commander Clint Grey
Paul Hurst Mr. Lexiter
Sarah Padden Mrs. Lexter
Gordon Jones Olaf
Soo Yong Mrs. Nomaka
Peter Brocco Mr. Nash
Peter Whitney Truckdriver
Harry Tyler Waiter
William Forrest McLain's Superior
Henry Morgan Uncredited
Technical Credits
Edward Ludwig Director
T.A. Carman Sound/Sound Designer
Paul Dunlap Score Composer
Nate H. Edwards Production Manager
Richard English Screenwriter
Robert M. Fellows Producer
James Edward Grant Screenwriter
Art Lange Score Composer
Andrew V. McLaglen Asst. Director
Jack Murray Editor
Emil Newman Score Composer
Webb Overlander Makeup
Louis Clyde Stoumen Cinematographer
Archie J. Stout Cinematographer
Eric Taylor Screenwriter
Charles Thompson Set Decoration/Design
John Wayne Producer
Alfred Ybarra Art Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Big Jim McLain
1. Credits; Webster's Words [2:11]
2. "Are You Know...?" [2:33]
3. Hawaii; USS Arizona [5:20]
4. Taking a Fancy to Nancy [2:54]
5. Conniving Comrades [2:58]
6. Sun, Surf and Romance [6:16]
7. Everything's Included [5:47]
8. Commie Whats, Not Whys [4:36]
9. Penitent Mrs. Namaka [5:02]
10. Sanitarium Suspect [4:12]
11. Henried's Secret Weapon [6:56]
12. Fingering a Family Member [3:48]
13. You Gotta Bribe Me [4:16]
14. Table-Hopping [5:51]
15. Dummy Letter [4:04]
16. Death on the Waterfront [5:04]
17. Seaside Lunch [3:47]
18. Listening In [2:22]
19. Private Party Faithful [5:10]
20. Party Crashing and Bashing [2:59]
21. Helping in a Big Way [3:33]
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Disc #1 -- Big Jim McLain
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   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      So You Want to Enjoy Life
      The Super Snooper
      Theatrical Trailer
      Spoken Languages: English
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Fran├žais
      Subtitles: Off
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