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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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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

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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Good subject, bad execution
17 February 2007 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

The temptation is to be generous to this film because of it's central theme. However in terms of pure film making it is just bad, bad, bad. The plot meanders and the acting is mediocre to downright wooden. I'm writing this as I'm watching it, and to be honest I think I've just been too kind about the acting...

There is a strange thing about WWII films in black and white, it makes the events seem more distant, more unreal. Unfortunately it often seems to excuse bad film making.

Wooden acting!

I don't understand this minimum of 10 lines... forces me to pad...


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