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From Here to Eternity

 

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He goes to see her on a rainy night with some bogus papers for her husband to sign. She lets him in. Banter ensues. "You're doing fine, sergeant," she tells him. "My husband is off somewhere, it's raining, and we're both drinking now." They end up in a deep kiss and embrace, which we watch through the rain-driven window as the camera zooms away.

Meeting at a park the next day, they start to argue, and she discloses that she has a bathing suit on underneath her clothes. "So do I," he counters. That brings us to the slow pan down onto the beach, where the turbulent waves pound the luscious figures of Lancaster and Kerr wrapped together in the surf. Oh! That wave!

From Here to Eternity also features stellar performances by Ernest Borgnine, Jack Warden, and Claude Akins, along with guitar legend Merle Travis playing the song "Reenlistment Blues" — and dialogue like this:

"How many men have you been kissed by?"
"Now that would take some figuring."
"Don't you have a rough estimate?"
"That would take an adding machine."


Pretty racy stuff for 1953.

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