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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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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

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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)  »

Also Known As:

William A.Wellman's Darby's Rangers  »

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1.66 : 1
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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!
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Soundtracks

Sobre las olas (Over the Waves)
(uncredited)
Music by Juventino Rosas
Played when Bishop performs the coin trick on the bus
Also played when Sir Arthur turns over four aces
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Major Disappointment
28 July 2014 | by 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.


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