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Never So Few (1959)

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Captain Tom Reynolds and his band of skilled O.S.S. operatives are in WWII Burma to train the Kachin natives in modern warfare. But jungle combat, particularly against a Japanese army as ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Capt. Tom Reynolds
Carla Vesari
Capt. Grey Travis
Bill Ringa
Capt. Danny De Mortimer
Nikko Regas
Gen. Sloan
Sgt. Jim Norby
Sgt. John Danforth
Philip Ahn ...
Col. Fred Parkson
Kipp Hamilton ...
Margaret Fitch
Col. Reed
Capt. Alofson - Psychiatrist
Richard Lupino ...
Mike Island


Captain Tom Reynolds and his band of skilled O.S.S. operatives are in WWII Burma to train the Kachin natives in modern warfare. But jungle combat, particularly against a Japanese army as familiar with the terrain as the Kachin, is more grueling than Reynolds had reckoned. Some respite is found in the arms of beautiful Carla, but after Chinese rebels cross the border to loot and murder American soldiers, Reynolds abandons all notions of "military protocol" and seeks requital. Written by Chris Stone <>

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Kiss by kiss the time ran out and never so few were the moments left for love!


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7 December 1959 (USA)  »

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Campaign Burma  »

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Post WW2 cars are behind the jeep driven by Bill Ringa in the early city scenes. See more »


Cpl. Bill Ringa: Excuse me for saying so, sir... but you look terrible.
Capt. Tom Reynolds: Inside of my mouth tastes like the outside of a crocodile.
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Kachin Koncerto
Music by Charles Wolcott
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" You are a recipient of the Medal of Honor, General, I expected something more "
12 January 2009 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This is a most unheralded Hollywood vehicle and yet it contain enough heavy weight stars to garner an entire shelf at the Academy Awards. The movie deals with that portion of World War II in and around what was then called Burma. (Today the world calls it Myanmar) Nevertheless, the small native Kachin tribe have been called upon to engage the Japanese army. Along with American forces they are a small, but formidable contingent who despite their numbers, become the banner of the film. "Never So Few" is the story of the Kachin and the American commander Capt. Tom Reynolds (Frank Sinatra) and his able assistant Capt. Danny Mortimer. Combating the superb Japanese forces and their attempts to conquer Indochina, creates many losses among the allies and prompts a need for a medical officer. Capt Grey Travis (Peter Lawford) joins their group as does a spirited Hell's Kitchen warrior, named William Ringer (Steve McQueen). Betrayed by the Chineese Government after they massacre American forces, Reynolds defies his own government, kills captured prisoners and invited a court-martial. During this same period he falls for beautiful Gina Lollobrigida who plays Carla Vesari a protégé of Nikko Regas (Paul Henreid) a rich entrepreneur. Brian Donlevy as Gen. Sloan orders Reynolds to come to headquarters to explain his defiance of orders. Dean Jones is Sgt. Jim Norby and Charles Bronson as Sgt. John Danforth along with Philip Ahn (Kung Fu) as Nautaung are superior in this movie. Each adds excellence to their respective characters, creating the cornerstone of a true Classic. Well done! ****

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