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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.

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Cast

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Angelina De Lotta / Dittmann
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Lt. Arnold Dittman (as Edward Byrnes)
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Peggy McTavish
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Sgt. McTavish
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Wendy Hollister
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Pvt. Pittsburgh Tony Sutherland
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Sgt. / SSgt. / Sfc. Hank Bishop
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Pvt. / Sgt. Sims Delancey
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Pvt. Eli Clatworthy (as Bill Wellman Jr.)
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Mrs. Sheilah Andrews
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Cpl. Heavy Hall
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Lady Hollister
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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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"MAVERICK" himself - in his first starring big-screen role! See more »

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Action | Drama | War

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8 April 1958 (Japan)  »

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Filmed in black and white in order to blend-in with the wartime stock footage and to render the sets more believable. 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 »

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!
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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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War's Emotional Strains
15 May 2011 | by See all my reviews

At the United States War Department, artillery officer and future colonel James Garner (as William Orlando Darby) persuades superiors he is the man to lead a new World War II combat unit in Europe. Consequently, "Darby's Rangers" are trained. They face tough action, have relationships with beautiful women abroad, and face the inevitable tragedies you've see in many other war movies. Based on reality, this was the penultimate film from director William A. Wellman. He still has a knack for battle scenes, light interludes (like the "dusting" bit) and can punctuate blitzkriegs with the sound of a tea kettle...

"Darby's Rangers" is well produced, freshly cast, but hardly ever less than obvious. Believable on the big screen, in his first "starring role," Mr. Garner is absent much of the running time, as this is really an "ensemble" war drama. An unsubtle Jack Warden (as Saul Rosen) provides narration. The other soldiers' stories are more interesting, with nicely styled Edward "Edd" Byrnes (as Arnold Dittman) essaying arguably the best-written role, handsome young Peter Brown (as Rollo Burns) making the greatest emotional impression, and card shark Stuart Whitman (as Hank Bishop) leading the rest of the pack.

****** Darby's Rangers (2/12/58) William A. Wellman ~ James Garner, Edd Byrnes, Peter Brown, Stuart Whitman


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