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Darby's Rangers (1958)

Approved  |   |  Action, War, Drama  |  8 April 1958 (Japan)
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The lives, loves, and battles of fictional characters in the Army's First Ranger Battalion during WWII.

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MSgt. Saul Rosen / Narrator
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Sgt. / SSgt. / Sfc. Hank Bishop
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Pvt. / Sgt. Sims Delancey
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Highly fictionalized account of the formation of the US Army's First Ranger Battalion in World War II and their first commanding officer Major (later, Lieutenant-Colonel) Orlando Darby. The idea was to create a US unit along the lines of the British commandos. In this account, which focuses on several fictional characters, the story is initially on their training in Scotland and the lives and loves their encounter while there. Their first combat mission was in the invasion of North Africa in 1942, followed by the invasion of Sicily and then Italy itself, including the amphibious landing at Anzio. Written by garykmcd

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They trained 'em to be killers and then turned them loose in hell! See more »

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Action | War | Drama

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8 April 1958 (Japan)  »

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William A.Wellman's Darby's Rangers  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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Trivia

The "enemy" Darby's Rangers meet and defeat a Arzew, presented as their first combat was the Vichy French forces. This fact is not mentioned or referred to in the movie. See more »

Goofs

The German tanks shown in scenes at the Battle of Cisterna are M-41 walker bulldog tanks, which were made first made in 1951. See more »

Quotes

Pvt. Rollo Burns: You know, I think war is a big stink.
Col. William Orlando Darby: A BIG stink!... There never was a good war - or an intelligent or kind one.
Col. William Orlando Darby: [Starts to get up] Rollo, we'll be haunted by the men we've killed as long as we live. When you've married Peggy, and you've looked in the faces of your children, you'll understand why it had to be done.
Pvt. Rollo Burns: Uh, sir? Thank you... for taking the time to talk to me.
Col. William Orlando Darby: [pauses at the door, faint smile on his face] I was talkin' to myself, too.
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Too Marvelous for Words
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Music by Richard A. Whiting
Played at the restaurant when the girls arrive
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Here's what a Ranger vet said about this movie.
25 July 2010 | by (California) – See all my reviews

He was not impressed! And the guy I talked to was a U.S. Ranger who took part in assault landings in North Africa, Sicily, the main Italian landing, and finally at Anzio. (He was captured by the Germans at Anzio and ultimately escaped, making his way eastward to the Russian lines. But that is another story.) My friend was fairly critical of the action portrayed in the movie, despite the fact that another Ranger was the technical adviser.

As for the movie itself, it is only slightly above mediocre. Although I am a big fan of older black and white movies, I must say that the lack of color here is a negative. Also, based on memory, too many scenes were shot on a sound stage. A film noir is fine shot that way, but an A level war movie should have more impressive production values. After all, WWII was not fought in a blimp hanger.


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