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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
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Penny Gardner
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R.S.M.
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Taffy
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General Whiting
Patric Doonan ...
Flash
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Breton
Lana Morris ...
Pinky
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Rupert
Michael Kelly ...
Dawes
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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 - ripping your emotions with thrills! See more »

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Drama | War

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Release Date:

October 1953 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

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)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

For the lead role in this picture playing Steve MacKendrick (aka Canada), Alan Ladd was paid US $ 200,000 for eleven weeks work. Ladd also received free accommodation and first class travel for his family (his wife and four children) and their nurse. Ladd also apparently received a back-end points deal receiving 10% of gross box-office receipts over the US$2 million mark described as "deferred compensation" in United States Court of Appeals legal documents. Ladd worked on this picture from 20 September 20 1952 until 6 December 1952. See more »

Goofs

When McKendrick, Penny and Major Snow are waiting for the arrival of the C-46 Dakotas, we see a C-46 landing with the markings of the United States Air Force, which was not formed until 1947. From June 20, 1941-September 18, 1947 The US Air Force was officially known as The US Army Air Forces. See more »

Quotes

R.S.M.: I'm sorry for the man who hears the pipes, and who wisnae born in Scotland.
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Connections

Referenced in Terence Young: Bond Vivant (2000) See more »

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The Piobaireachd of Dhonald Dhu
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Traditional
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Exciting World War II action
19 August 1999 | by (New Orleans, Louisiana) – See all my reviews

In real life, Alan Ladd was scared to death of flying (he preferred trains), but you'd never know it in this exciting action adventure set in early World War II.

The old English method of training paratroopers by jumping from balloons is accurately depicted, as is the result of landing with an unopened parachute (the British, like the German airborne, eschewed the use of reserve parachutes).

It's actually a pretty standard war movie, though the score is exciting and memorable, and the combat scenes, though dated now, are pretty well done, considering this movie was shot in 1953.

Definitely worth watching!


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