Objective, Baldwin Lake!

24 Aug

Read, see, and listen to the history and fate of Baldwin Lake, where much of Objective, Burma! was filmed:…

Objective in Color Errol in Swamp

In his day, as Errol put it in the trailer below, it was “Up the Burmese Creek without a paddle.” Today, no paddle is necessary.…

— Tim


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  1. Gentleman Tim

    August 24, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    Baldwin Cottage was portrayed as a Temple in Objective, Burma!



  2. Gentleman Tim

    August 24, 2016 at 6:56 pm


    • David DeWitt

      August 24, 2016 at 9:40 pm

      These are great shots! Looks like the original was slightly more ornate. You couldn’t get me to wade into the present day muck!

  3. Sergio

    August 25, 2016 at 9:55 am

    So this is like asking; “Which came first the chicken ……?” –

    Was the so called temple as we see it in the film; overgrown debris, Asian artifacts, etc., originally that way? Or was it as we see it now in the top pic and addional props were used to give the look in the film?

    • Gentleman Tim

      August 25, 2016 at 2:15 pm

      Lucky Baldwin’s Cottage was built in Queen Anne architectural tradition, Sergio. The pseudo-Asian Temple was all Hollywood embellishment. The Queen Anne cottage definitely came first.

      The egg and the chicken is a much tougher question. Even eggsperts disagree, some recently hatching the claim that a protein found only in a chicken (and not in an egg) indicates the chicken came first. I vote for the chicken, too, because to produce an egg, one must first have a couple of chickens, right? (Or is that just an old-fashioned myth?)

      Perhaps the more apropos question on this topic of Operation, Burma! is whether the British or Americans came first? Winston and Wingate thought they won the war in Burma.…

      Here is a pre-Operation, Burma! image of the Baldwin Cottage:


      • Maria

        August 25, 2016 at 5:00 pm

        I loved this movie! I think it unfortunate that Errol was held partly accountable for the Operation Burma storyline – I always heard that he was horribly discouraged after the movie came out – Nowadays he would have had a press conference about it. Movies are movies – but I understand how it must feel for the families of those who lost loved ones in the Burma Campaign..and we should all know what really happened during the war.
        The controversy reminds me of that over “ARGO” – I watched ARGO -it was a great story -especially the airport scenes where they are trying to get out of Iran. But… it was a MOVIE. Here is a piece of trivia for you – the father of our current Prime Minister was in opposition during the Iranian “Caper” and almost let the cat out of the bag when he questioned (in open question period) why passports were being issued for Iran!
        Sometime ago I posted a poem written by an British soldier about the Americans saving Burma – I will try and find that.…

        • Gentleman Tim

          August 25, 2016 at 8:19 pm

          Ah, yes, Maria – The Hollywood truth. Often nothing like the truth. And so often odd.

          Edmund Clerihew Bentley’s illustrious son, Nicolas, observed in his own clever clerihew:

          Cecil B. de Mille
          Rather against his will
          Was persuaded to leave Moses
          Out of the War of the Roses

          As this spanking new article confirms, Flynn’s sneaking into the battle of Burma is akin to Cooler King McQueen’s sneaking out of Stalag Luft III: