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Director:
Writers:
Ranald MacDougall (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
17 February 1945 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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:
Gritty WWII Drama! See more (62 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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
According to William Prince, the only direction given by Raoul Walsh was, "All right, boys, no 'Hamlets' in the jungle."See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): The Chinese captain is with the group that escapes across the swamp from the village but is never seen again.See more »
Quotes:
Capt. Nelson:[Commenting on a sleeping soldier] That guy could go to sleep on a clothesline.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Band of Brothers" (2001)See more »

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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Gritty WWII Drama!, 26 December 2006
Author: (bsmith5552@rogers.com) from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

"Objective Burma" is a gritty WWII drama set in Burma and competently directed by Raoul Walsh. This film, as far as I can tell, has never gotten the praise it deserves among WWII movies. It contains one of Errol Flynn's best performances and, correct me if I'm wrong, is the only film of Flynn's in which there are no females.

Captain Nelson (Flynn) heads a group of paratroopers assigned by company commander Colonel Carter (Warner Anderson) to parachute into the dense Burmese jungle and destroy a Japanese radar station. The idea is for them to go "in like Flynn" and then be picked up by plane the next day on an abandoned airstrip. Well, since the film runs 142 minutes, you know that's not going to happen.

The 36 officers and men including Lt. Jacobs (William Prince), S/Sgt Treacy (James Brown), Cpl. Gabby Gordon (George Tobias), Nebraska (Richard Erdman), Hogan (John Alvin), Miggleori (Anthony Carouso), middle aged journalist Mark Williams (Henry Hull) and others, attack the radar station and destroy it in a relatively easy operation where the entire Japanese detachment is wiped out and without casualties to Nelson and his men.

As they are about to be picked up by a plane piloted by Lt. Barka (Mark Stevens aka Stephen Richards), the Japanese prevent the landing and Nelson and his group are then forced to walk out to their camp, a distance of some 200 miles. Along the way the group has several encounters with the Japanese and some are killed. Col. Carter has planes out searching for the men but eventually calls off the search.

Nelson continues to lead his men to the last rendez-vous point given him before his radio was smashed but................................

What makes this film so compelling is the inter play between the various characters and Nelson's efforts to keep them all focused on the task at hand while inwardly believing the situation to be hopeless. True the picture is somewhat a flag waver but it nonetheless conveys the horrors of war without the necessity of a love story or two inserted for Flynn. It's, in my opinion, the best acting job of his storied career.

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