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Director:
Writers:
Ranald MacDougall (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
17 February 1945 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A platoon of special ops are tasked to parachute into the remote Burmese jungle and destroy a strategic Japanese radar station, but getting out isn't as easy. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 3 Oscars. See more »
User Reviews:
Ranks with "They Were Expendable" and "Saving Private Ryan" See more (64 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Errol Flynn ... Capt. Nelson

James Brown ... SSgt. Treacy

William Prince ... Lt. Sid Jacobs

George Tobias ... Cpl. Gabby Gordon

Henry Hull ... Mark Williams
Warner Anderson ... Col. J. Carter
John Alvin ... Hogan
Mark Stevens ... Lt. Barker (as Stephen Richards)

Richard Erdman ... Pvt. Nebraska Hooper (as Dick Erdman)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Erville Alderson ... Gen. Joseph W. Stilwell (uncredited)
Joel Allen ... Cpl. Brophy - Radioman (uncredited)
Gordon Arnold ... Paratrooper (uncredited)

Hugh Beaumont ... Capt. Hennessey (uncredited)
Lee Bennett ... Paratrooper (uncredited)
Carlyle Blackwell Jr. ... Lt. Barker - Pilot (uncredited)
Truman Bradley ... Narrator - Opening Sequence (voice) (uncredited)
Kit Carson ... Paratrooper (uncredited)
Neil Carter ... Paratrooper (uncredited)

Anthony Caruso ... Miggleori (uncredited)
Jim Drum ... Paratrooper (uncredited)
Stanley Dunn ... Paratrooper (uncredited)
Elmer Ellingwood ... Paratrooper (uncredited)
Paul Gerkin ... Paratrooper (uncredited)
Larry Hall ... Paratrooper (uncredited)
Louis Hart ... Paratrooper (uncredited)
Abdul Hassan ... Burmese Priest (uncredited)
Douglas Henderson ... Paratrooper (uncredited)
Shep Houghton ... Paratrooper (uncredited)
Ace Hudkins ... Paratrooper (uncredited)
William Hudson ... Fred Hollis (uncredited)
John James ... Pilot (uncredited)
Asit Koomar ... Gurkha (uncredited)
Pete Kooy ... Paratrooper (uncredited)
Weaver Levy ... Chinese Captain (uncredited)
Liparit ... Burmese Man (uncredited)
Lester Matthews ... British Maj. Fitzpatrick (uncredited)
Paul McWilliams ... Paratrooper (uncredited)
Harlan Miller ... Paratrooper (uncredited)
Charles Mitchell ... Paratrooper (uncredited)
Charles Murray Jr. ... Paratrooper (uncredited)
Bennie Novicki ... Paratrooper (uncredited)
John O'Connor ... Paratrooper (uncredited)
Leon O'Neal ... Paratrooper (uncredited)
George Peters ... Paratrooper (uncredited)
Allen Pomeroy ... Paratrooper (uncredited)
Rodd Redwing ... Sgt. Chattu (uncredited)
Larry Rio ... Paratrooper (uncredited)
Laddie Rucker ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Byron Ruggles ... Paratrooper (uncredited)
Charles Schrader ... Paratrooper (uncredited)
Bernard Sell ... Pilot (uncredited)
John Sheridan ... Co-Pilot (uncredited)
Raul Singh ... Burmese Priest (uncredited)
Jack Stroll ... Paratrooper (uncredited)
Paul Stupin ... Paratrooper (uncredited)
Frank Tang ... Capt. Li (uncredited)
Tex Taylor ... Paratrooper (uncredited)
George Tyne ... Pvt. Soapy Higgins from Flatbush (uncredited)
Russ Whiteman ... Paratrooper (uncredited)
John Whitney ... Negulesco (uncredited)
Buster Wiles ... Paratrooper (uncredited)

Directed by
Raoul Walsh 
 
Writing credits
Ranald MacDougall (screenplay) &
Lester Cole (screenplay)

Alvah Bessie (original story)

Produced by
Jerry Wald .... producer
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Franz Waxman 
 
Cinematography by
James Wong Howe (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
George Amy 
 
Art Direction by
Ted Smith 
 
Set Decoration by
Jack McConaghy (set decorations)
 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
Ward Hamilton .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Frank Mattison .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Elmer Decker .... assistant director (uncredited)
Herbert S. Greene .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
J. Leslie Asher .... assistant props (uncredited)
Lloyd S. Edwards .... props (uncredited)
Harper Goff .... set designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
C.A. Riggs .... sound
Gordon M. Davis .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
E. Kenneth Martin .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Edwin B. DuPar .... special effects (as E.B. DuPar)
 
Visual Effects by
Paul Detlefsen .... matte paintings (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Allen Pomeroy .... stunts (uncredited)
Buster Wiles .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles Alexander .... gaffer (uncredited)
Earl Ellwood .... best boy (uncredited)
Thomas Morris .... second camera (uncredited)
Richard L. Rawlings .... assistant camera (uncredited)
S.K. Taylor .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Clayton Brackett .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Henry Field .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Lee Huntington .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Leonid Raab .... orchestral arrangements
Charles David Forrest .... music mixer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Charles S. Galbreath .... technical advisor (as Major Charles S. Galbreath United States Army Parachute Troops)
John Maxwell .... dialogue director
M.H. Whyte .... technical advisor (as Major M. H. Whyte British Indian Army 8 {F. F.} Battalion Burma Rifles)
William Guthrie .... location manager (uncredited)
Paul Le Pere .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Irva Mae Ross .... script clerk (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (as Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.) (as A Warner Bros.-First National Picture also)
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Objective Burma" - International (English title) (DVD box title), USA (poster title)
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Runtime:
142 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Canada:G (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1989) | USA:Approved (No. 10098)

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Trivia:
One of the minor roles is a character named Negulesco, an in-joke. Director Jean Negulesco was a contract director at Warners who was scheduled to direct Errol Flynn's next picture, Adventures of Don Juan (1948). Unforeseen delays caused it to be postponed and Negulesco was ultimately replaced.See more »
Goofs:
Plot holes: Seems very odd that at the death of the journalist Mark Williams played by Henry Hull no one thought to take his notebook(s) where he was always scribbling the details of the war he was witnessing. All that was removed from the dead were their dog tags.See more »
Quotes:
Mark Williams:Your folks are gonna get quite a kick out of reading about you.
Lt. Sid Jacobs:[Taken aback] You mean all that stuff will be in the Schenectady paper?
Mark Williams:Sure. You don't mind, do you?
Lt. Sid Jacobs:Well, heck, no! What do you know, it's a small world, isn't it?
Mark Williams:Yeah, and it's getting smaller. If only more folks back home would realize that Crane Street, Schenectady runs all the way to Burma, this would be the last war.
Lt. Sid Jacobs:Amen.
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32 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
Ranks with "They Were Expendable" and "Saving Private Ryan", 26 February 2001
Author: jacksflicks from Hollywood

When I read histories of the Pacific War, I frequently come across passages telling of a rage held by allied soldiers against the Japanese, more intense than that held against the Germans (though had they known at the time about Malmedy and the Holocaust, it might have been a different story). There is a scene in "Objective Burma" which conveys to me, more effectively than any other film, how that rage was born.

This is a Warner Brothers "A" picture, directed by the great Raoul Walsh, and it shows. The acting is superb, and the locations are totally convincing. The framework for these is a conventional story of an allied patrol's sabotage of an enemy radar station, deep in the jungle, and its harrowing trek back to safety. What sets "Operation Burma" apart is its concentration on the humanity of the characters within an "action film" context, without resort to melodrama. It is a delicate balance that many films fail to maintain, and it is perhaps why Errol Flynn is ideal as Captain Nelson, leader of the patrol. Flynn's screen image as a swashbuckler was always tempered by a disarming mildness, which not only made the ladies swoon but enabled him convincingly to reveal the human frailty behind the bravura. And nowhere else does he display this double facet to better effect than in "Operation Burma". It is said that the best commanders are those who only have to ask in order to be obeyed. Flynn is this kind of commander.

Other fine players should not be neglected. There is a standout performance by Henry Hull, as an elderly journalist whose ambition to cover the war from the ground leads him to the realization that in war it isn't just combat that kills. I also like Warner Anderson, both grim and sympathetic as Flynn's commanding officer. And the uncredited Erville Anderson's "Vinegar Joe" Stillwell is so convincing, I fancied the general was playing himself!

I like to have films representing each of a broad range of interests. For Errol Flynn, I have "The Adventures of Robin Hood," "Operation Burma" and "That Forsyte Woman". As well as any others, these three films define Errol Flynn's career. For World War II, I have "Operation Burma," "They Were Expendable" and "Saving Private Ryan". As well as any others, these three films define World War II. They are musts for any comprehensive film library.

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