Raoul Walsh has to be the most agonizingly undervalued of all Hollywood maestros of yore. When the time came to do 'Objective Burma' he had a glorious career behind him spanning more than 30 years, with bona fide masterworks like 'Regeneration', ’Sadie Thompson’, ’Big Trail’, ’Roaring Twenties’, ’High Sierra’ and others, and yet every second of ’Burma’ is briskly paced and enthrallingly dynamic. In his day Walsh was best known for his action sequences, but everytime you revisit his films, not least this one, you are reminded that nothing human, absolutely nothing under the sun was alien to Hawks as a person and as a director. He succeeds where almost any other director of ensemble movies fails, that is in investing every single cast member with a description that is so precise, so wellrounded and unsentimental, so unlike all the others that you actually sit there with an ache in your heart for all the knowledge, all the feel for the medium, the innate sense of pacing that seems all but lost today where almost no director, certainly no one in Hollywood, dares to communicate this intelligently. Errol Flynn is subdued, pure in his acting and so matter-of-factly heroic that it would shatter it, were he to do do a deed that was actually heroic in the contemporary Hollywood sense. His heroism is a given, but so is his fear and his insecurity.
A masterpiece of moviemaking.