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

 -  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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Alan Ladd at his greatest in this ripcord thriller that rips at your emotions! See more »

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October 1953 (Japan)  »

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Trivia

This film stars Alan Ladd whose arguably most successful film, Shane (1953), filmed prior to this movie, was released in the same year as this picture. Ladd appeared in four films in 1953, the others being Desert Legion (1953) and Botany Bay (1953). See more »

Goofs

On the way to north Africa one of the paratroopers is reading a comic book with the title "The Crimson Comet". This comic book series did not begin until 1949. See more »

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6 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Don't know why this movie appeals to me this much except for the excellent Leo Genn who makes any movie better. It is one of those that I can watch over and over. I think it is that there are so many great British character actors and Allan Ladd isn't bad but his usual self. The story line is simple but then I was a small child at the beginning of the war and all the movies were very simplistic. I think that is what I enjoy. Not a lot of side drama, just a straight forward telling of men at war in the old idealized style.

The editing is a bit choppy in places and the old blue screen is obvious in odd places but "Sorry for the man who hears the pipes and was na born in Scotland."


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