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Paratrooper (1953)
"The Red Beret" (original title)

Approved  |   |  Drama, War  |  October 1953 (Japan)
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Alan Ladd is the focus of this story based on the wartime raid on the German radar station at Bruneval. The raid was a combined services operation and the 2nd Battalion of the 1st Parachute... See full summary »

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Canada
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Major Snow
Susan Stephen ...
Penny Gardner
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R.S.M.
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Taffy
Anthony Bushell ...
General Whiting
Patric Doonan ...
Flash
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Breton
Lana Morris ...
Pinky
Tim Turner ...
Rupert
Michael Kelly ...
Dawes
Anton Diffring ...
The Pole
Thomas Heathcote ...
Alf
Carl Duering ...
Rossi
John Boxer ...
Flight Sgt. Box
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Storyline

Alan Ladd is the focus of this story based on the wartime raid on the German radar station at Bruneval. The raid was a combined services operation and the 2nd Battalion of the 1st Parachute Brigade was led by Major 'John Frost' (Major Snow). An RAF radar expert, Flight Sergeant C.W.H. Cox (Sergeant Box) accompanied the raiders to tell them what to take back to England. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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The skies go black with thousands of fighting men hurtling into battle! See more »

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Drama | War

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October 1953 (Japan)  »

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Paratrooper  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to the 2001 book 'Licence to Thrill: A Cultural History of the James Bond Films' by James Chapman, this movie grossed at the international box-office about US $ 8 million whilst its negative budget cost was around US $ 700,000. See more »

Goofs

When McKendrick is with Penny in the pub his beer mug, handle to the right, rests on a beer mat. Soon after, when McKendrick storms out, the mug handle is on the left while the beer mat has moved across to the front edge of the table. See more »

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Referenced in Cubby Broccoli: The Man Behind Bond (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Red River Valley
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Traditional, lyrics modified as a parachutists' song
Sung on the pub, and whistled and hummed throughout the film as a theme
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Leo Genn's character
30 December 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The character of Maj Snow is based upon John Frost - the same character played by Anthony Hopkins in A Bridge Too Far. John Frost's paras were those involved in the Bruneval Raid and the drop into North Africa depicted in The Red Beret and were the ones attempting to hold the bridge at Arnhem, depicted in A Bridge Too Far. The film is normally shown in its American version under the title "Paratrooper" This was likely done because in the 1950's few Americans would have understood the significance of a "Red Beret" despite the emphasis given to its presentation during the film. The brief battle scenes depicting the assault on the radar station at Bruneval were also considered authentic enough, at the time, to be used as training films for urban combat.


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