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Parachute Battalion (1941)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 12 September 1941 (USA)
In this pre-Pearl Harbor recruiting poster, colonel's estranged son Bill Burke, football hero Donald Morse, and hillbilly Jeff Hollis enlist in the paratroopers. Their training at Fort ... See full summary »

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(original screenplay), (original screenplay) (as Major Hugh Fite Air Corps)
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Kit Richards
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Bill Burke
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Bill Richards
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Jeff Hollis
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Tex
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Spence
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Col. Burke
Edward Fielding ...
Chief of Infantry
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Pa Hollis
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Thomas Morse
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Captain
Jack Briggs ...
Private
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Medical Officer
Kathryn Sheldon ...
Ma Hollis
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Storyline

In this pre-Pearl Harbor recruiting poster, colonel's estranged son Bill Burke, football hero Donald Morse, and hillbilly Jeff Hollis enlist in the paratroopers. Their training at Fort Benning, Georgia is followed in semi-documentary style, with time out for personal dramas and the romantic rivalry of Bill and Don over the sergeant's daughter. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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No wonder the boys got "jump fever" whenthey tackled Uncle Sam's most dangerous game! See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Approved | See all certifications »
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12 September 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Batalhão de Paraquedas  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The world premiere in Atlanta, Georgia, was attended by the members of the 501st Parachute Battalion who worked on the production. See more »

Goofs

In the final jump scene one of the paratroopers is smoking on the aircraft. Smoking has never been and is still not allowed on military aircraft or the flight line because of the danger of igniting fuel and munitions. This was especially enforced in the era of propeller aircraft because of high octane, very flammable aviation gasoline. See more »

Crazy Credits

After the title and names of the eight featured players, the following statement appears in capital letters while the title song plays and we view the marching infantry: We gratefully acknowledge the splendid cooperation given by the officers and men of the 501st Parachute Battalion at Fort Benning, Ga., who actually made all the parachute jumps for this picture. See more »

Soundtracks

The Arkansas Traveler
(uncredited)
Written by Sanford Faulkner
Variations often played in the score when Jeff Hollis is onscreen
Played on piano, violin and harmonica by recruits in the recreation hall and danced by Buddy Ebsen,
Paul Kelly and the recruits
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I Want To Obtain A Copy of This Movie
25 July 2002 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

"Parachute Battalion" was filmed with members of the 501st Parachute Battalion performing the actual jump scenes, etc. A member of my family was in the 501st and was killed on D-day after jumping into Normandy.

On the very off-chance that he might be seen in the movie backdrop, I would like to be able to view a video of it but cannot locate a copy. Can anyone help me in this regard?


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