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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Morse
Kit Richards
Bill Burke
Bill Richards
Jeff Hollis
Col. Burke
Edward Fielding ...
Chief of Infantry
Pa Hollis
Thomas Morse
Medical Officer
Kathryn Sheldon ...
Ma Hollis


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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Release Date:

12 September 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Batalhão de Paraquedas  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Patric Knowles and Charles Quigley were listed in early production charts as actors, but were not seen in the film. Also, Eddie Gribbon is in studio records playing a bartender but was likewise not seen in the film. See more »


When the two parachutists land in the river their parachutes are not deployed but still packed. These are the jumpers main chutes, activated by the static line when jumping on command. These two jumpers, however were using their emergency chutes. The sergeant even tells Burke to remember to pull his ripcord. Therefore, the main chutes would normally remain packed. 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 »


The Arkansas Traveler
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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Buddy to the rescue!
14 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

This curious movie, which seems to be part documentary and part drama, tells of three individuals who have signed up for a parachute battalion. This film almost gives the VIEWER a heads up on what it takes to train to drop your parachute. Everything from Jumping exercises to height practice to even detailed instruction on how to pack a parachute! Oh yeah, two of the squad have a bit of a spat over a girl, but the main plot is about the training. What's so curious is that the film was made with the National Paratroopers Batallion in America, but shows some curious habits of the paratroopers that almost put them in a bad light. I'm talking of course of the captain pushing off a scared paratrooper off a plane for his solo flight, and another scene where another scared paratrooper pulls a gun on the plane (!!) and tells them HE'S NOT JUMPING!! Anyways, that's all forgotten of course, because any film that has Buddy Ebsen dancing and doing comedy is fine by me J

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