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Paratrooper (1953)

The Red Beret (original title)
Approved | | Drama, War | October 1953 (Japan)
In 1940, an American claiming to be Canadian volunteers for the British Army's paratroop school.

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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
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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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Release Date:

October 1953 (Japan)  »

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Paratrooper  »

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Budget:

$700,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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(Colour by) (Technicolor) (as Color by in U.S. print)

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1.37 : 1
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According to the 8 March 1951 edition of 'The Los Angeles Times', American actor John Russell was slated to appear in this picture. He was going to be the only other American actor other than this picture's lead American star Alan Ladd to feature in this film. Russell did not end up appearing in this movie. See more »

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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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The Pride Of The Red Beret
28 April 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Paratrooper which played under the title of The Red Beret originally across the pond was one of three films that Alan Ladd did for Warwick Pictures in the United Kingdom to be released by Columbia in the USA. The old standby gambit of having an American film star playing in a British location be a Canadian was once again used. Only this time it was an integral part of the plot.

Ladd in fact is an American who left the American army when in training he gave an order that cost a friend his life. He's decided he does not want to have responsibility and enlists in the Canadian army when war breaks out. Time and circumstance have put him in Paratrooper school where a unit is being trained under Major Leo Genn. There's also a little time for romance with perky Susan Stephens who looks like an early version of Hayley Mills.

The Red Beret is what is given the British Paratroopers as well as wings upon completion of their training. It's a point of pride with them just as the Green Beret is with the US Army Special Forces. But back in the day it was felt US audiences would not know exactly what the significance was. The British audiences did when Alan Ladd got into a brawl with some visiting Americans when they insulted the Red Beret.

A commando style raid to get some radar equipment and the beginning of the western North African campaign provide all the well executed combat sequences that director Terrence Young provided us. Harry Andrews, Donald Houston, and a favorite British player of mine, Stanley Baker are among some of the other Paratroopers Ladd is in training and combat with.

Of Ladd's British films Paratrooper and Hell Below Zero are pretty well done. But The Black Knight was a disaster. Of course none of these were as good as Shane.


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