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Darby's Rangers (1958)

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

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Etchika Choureau ...
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MSgt. Saul Rosen / Narrator
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Lt. Arnold Dittman (as Edward Byrnes)
Venetia Stevenson ...
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Pvt. / Cpl. Rollo Burns
Joan Elan ...
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Sgt. / SSgt. / Sfc. Hank Bishop
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Pvt. / Sgt. Sims Delancey
William Wellman Jr. ...
Pvt. Eli Clatworthy (as Bill Wellman Jr.)
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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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the big "Battle Cry" story of the American Commandos! 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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1.66 : 1
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Leading man James Garner was originally only supposed to have a supporting role here with Charlton Heston being top-billed, but when he signed to a new seven-year contract with Warners, the studio dropped Heston and gave Garner his role. Heston filed a damage suit in the Superior Court against the studio as a result of the switch. See more »

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When we meet MSgt Rosen for the first time, he looks to the heavens and says, "Mazeltov!" indicating he is Jewish. He then makes the sign of the cross, which is a Catholic custom. See more »

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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!
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It Can't Be Wrong
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Music by Max Steiner
Played at the restaurant when Bishop introduces Wendy to the boys
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Wartime flick
12 October 1998 | by (Walburg, TX) – See all my reviews

Typical wartime flick for the period. Reliable late-night fare. Gather up your favorite snack and enjoy.


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