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Red Ball Express (1952)

Story of the military truck drivers who kept the Allied armies supplied in Europe during WW2.

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Sgt. Red Kallek
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Pvt. Ronald Partridge / Narrator
Judith Braun ...
Joyce McClellan
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Robertson
Jacqueline Duval ...
Antoinette Dubois
Bubber Johnson ...
Pvt. Taffy Smith
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Pvt. Dave McCord (as Robert Davis)
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Pvt. Wilson
Frank Chase ...
Pvt. Higgins
Cindy Garner ...
Kitty Walsh
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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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Drama | War

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Release Date:

29 August 1952 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Hermanos ante el peligro  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Louis L'Amour's memoir, "Education of a Wandering Man", said that this movie was actually based on his war time anecdotes. He won two Bronze Stars as an officer on the Red Ball Express. See more »

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

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The 25 Year Old Sidney Poitier
28 March 2002 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Having made his screen debut in 1950 with Richard Widmark in 'No Way Out', and then going on to act alongside of Canada Lee (Lifeboat) in 'Cry, the Beloved Country', the 25 year old Sidney Poitier was appropriately cast in this film about an integrated unit during the Second World War fighting in Europe.


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