6.5/10
909
15 user 5 critic

Darby's Rangers (1958)

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

Director:

Writers:

, (suggested by the book) (as Major James Altieri)
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A platoon of special ops are tasked to parachute into the remote Burmese jungle and destroy a strategic Japanese radar station, but getting out isn't as easy.

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Errol Flynn, James Brown, William Prince
Battle Cry (1955)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A group of young Marines have adventures in love and war.

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Van Heflin, Aldo Ray, Mona Freeman
36 Hours (1964)
Thriller | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Germans kidnap an American major and try to convince him that World War II is over, so that they can get details about the Allied invasion of Europe out of him.

Director: George Seaton
Stars: James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, Rod Taylor
Up Periscope (1959)
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In 1942, Navy Lieutenant Kenneth Braden from the underwater demolition team is sent to a Japanese island to photograph secret radio codes.

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: James Garner, Edmond O'Brien, Andra Martin
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

An amnesiac wanders the streets of Manhattan, trying to solve the mystery of who he is.

Director: Delbert Mann
Stars: James Garner, Jean Simmons, Suzanne Pleshette
Cash McCall (1960)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Cash McCall is a young and slick business man who buys failing businesses and resells them. Grant Austen's Plastics is even more of a prize to Cash, for Cash is also making a bid for ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Pevney
Stars: James Garner, Natalie Wood, Nina Foch
Action | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A major countermands orders and attacks to avenge a previous massacre of men, women, and children.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Patric Knowles
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Big time Texas Wheeler Dealer (Ivy league educated, but plays dumb) runs out of money and goes to NYC to raise 1.5 million.

Director: Arthur Hiller
Stars: Lee Remick, James Garner, Phil Harris
PT 109 (1963)
Biography | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

During WW2, Lieut. John F. Kennedy takes command of PT 109 to fight the Japanese in the Solomon Islands.

Director: Leslie H. Martinson
Stars: Cliff Robertson, Robert Culp, Ty Hardin
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

American youth and flying ace flies for France in World War I; meets & loves a French girl & prostitute.

Director: William A. Wellman
Stars: Tab Hunter, Clint Eastwood, Etchika Choureau
Bataan (1943)
War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In 1942, in the Bataan peninsula of the Philippines, a ragtag American unit commanded by Sergeant Bill Dane attempts to blow-up a bridge in order to slow the Japanese advance.

Director: Tay Garnett
Stars: Robert Taylor, George Murphy, Lloyd Nolan
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

American soldiers stranded in the Philippines after the Japanese invasion form guerrilla bands to fight back.

Director: Fritz Lang
Stars: Tyrone Power, Micheline Presle, Tom Ewell
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
MSgt. Saul Rosen / Narrator
...
Lt. Arnold Dittman (as Edward Byrnes)
...
...
...
Pvt. / Cpl. Rollo Burns
...
...
...
Sgt. / SSgt. / Sfc. Hank Bishop
...
Pvt. / Sgt. Sims Delancey
William Wellman Jr. ...
Pvt. Eli Clatworthy (as Bill Wellman Jr.)
...
...
...
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

love | africa | major | italy | training | See All (72) »

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Action | Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

8 April 1958 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

William A.Wellman's Darby's Rangers  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (theatrical release)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

When Charlton Heston was dropped for the leading role, he was replaced with James Garner. Stuart Whitman received Garner's initial role as Sgt. Hank Bishop. See more »

Goofs

The lieutenant is invited to dinner by an Italian girl in a liberated Italian town who speaks with with French accent. See more »

Quotes

MSgt. Saul Rosen: [Screen shows Ranger recruits in rigorous training, some of whom have dropped from exhaustion while running] As long as I live, I'll never forget Manson's favorite expression...
Lt. Dave Manson, British Training Officer: Get off your bloody knees, Yanks!
See more »

Soundtracks

It Can't Be Wrong
(uncredited)
Music by Max Steiner
Played at the restaurant when Bishop introduces Wendy to the boys
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Major Disappointment
28 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm sorry to say that this film, which is James Garner's first leading role, is a mess. And almost all of the fault is in the writing.

There have been other films about military teams in training. And they have been better than this.

We can thank the writing for some horrible characters. And some terrible plots. They try to mix training scenes with scenes concerning the personal lives of the men, but it's all a mess.

I wish I could list all the times I cringed in response to a particular line, but that is not possible. They follow one another like lemmings.

Some visual effects were also off-putting, like when they trainees are rappelling up a cliff and one man's line comes loose and he plummets to the ground. The entire scene was contrived, amateurish and poorly done.

Obviously there are some people who liked this film, but I cannot recommend it.


2 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?