Yank on the Burma Road, A (1941): Saitz’s Movie, Starring Barry Nelson

MGM’s “A Yank on the Burma Road” benefited from the timeliness of its release: It opened in New York City seven weeks after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. 

A story about truck convoys, which reach their destination despite obstacles, the George B. Saitz directed movie centers on the experiences of a stalwart American (Barry Nelson) whose main interests are money and publicity. 

A former New York cab driver, initially, he takes a truck-driving job for the money.  However, after meeting Laraine Day, he gets some education and propaganda to the point where he becomes a selfless hero, leading trucks and Chinese guerrillas for an attack on the Japanese.

 

Credits:

Produced by Samuel Marx.

Directed by George B. Saitz.

Screenplay by George Kahn, Hugo Butler and David Lang.

Release date: January 28, 1942