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Red Ball Express (1952)

 -  Drama | War  -  29 August 1952 (Finland)
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Story of the military truck drivers who kept the Allied armies supplied in Europe during WW2.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Alex Nicol ...
Sgt. Red Kallek
Charles Drake ...
Pvt. Ronald Partridge / Narrator
Judith Braun ...
Joyce McClellan
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Robertson
Jacqueline Duval ...
Antoinette Dubois
Bubber Johnson ...
Pvt. Taffy Smith
Davis Roberts ...
Pvt. Dave McCord (as Robert Davis)
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Pvt. Wilson
Frank Chase ...
Pvt. Higgins
Cindy Garner ...
Kitty Walsh
Gregg Palmer ...
Tank Lieutenant (as Palmer Lee)
John Hudson ...
Tank Sergeant
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Heyman
Howard Petrie ...
Maj. Gen. Lee Gordon
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Storyline

August 1944: proceeding with the invasion of France, Patton's Third Army has advanced so far toward Paris that it cannot be supplied. To keep up the momentum, Allied HQ establishes an elite military truck route. One (racially integrated) platoon of this Red Ball Express encounters private enmities, bypassed enemy pockets, minefields, and increasingly perilous missions, leavened by a touch of comedy. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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FROM BEACHHEAD TO BATTLEFRONT! THEY CARRY THE AMMO FOR PATTON'S TANKS! (original print ad - all caps)

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29 August 1952 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Les conducteurs du diable  »

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1.37 : 1
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James Edwards was originally cast in the role of Robertson but was fired during production when he refused to testify before HUAC. He was replaced by Sidney Poitier. See more »

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No credits besides the title, seven minutes in the film. See more »

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Changed my life's view
7 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'd have to say that this is a very interesting war time movie. It focuses on not the battle front, but the people who were responsible for the supply line behind the battle front.

The soldiers who are mostly rejects from the battle front are assigned to the Red Ball Express the troops comprising 6000 trucks to bring food, ammunition, and fuel.

This is an innocent looking movie, but it taught me the most important lesson of my life. That everything moves on a commerce. That war is a commerce. It's the delivery of the goods to the points of consumption that is everything. Almost nothing else matters, because if soldiers and tanks didn't have ammo and gas, there's no action. Everything in this world is the same way.

This kind of organized mobility decides the outcome of the war. America had good commander to realize this, and tactical minds to put it into action. Nobody was named a hero, but Patton couldn't have done what he did without the Red Ball Express.

This makes the movie one of the most memorable of all war time movies. I really loved it.


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