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Never So Few (1959)

 -  Drama | War  -  7 December 1959 (USA)
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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:
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Capt. Tom Reynolds
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Carla Vesari
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Capt. Grey Travis
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Bill Ringa
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Capt. Danny De Mortimer
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Nikko Regas
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Gen. Sloan
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Sgt. Jim Norby
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Sgt. John Danforth
Philip Ahn ...
Nautaung
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Col. Fred Parkson
Kipp Hamilton ...
Margaret Fitch
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Col. Reed
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Capt. Alofson - Psychiatrist
Richard Lupino ...
Mike Island
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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 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 <jstone@bellatlantic.net>

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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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Drama | War

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7 December 1959 (USA)  »

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Campaign Burma  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Steve McQueen's role was originally going to be played by Sammy Davis Jr.. A feud had broken out between Davis and Frank Sinatra after Davis had claimed in a radio interview that he was a greater singer than Sinatra. Sinatra demanded he be dropped from the cast, and McQueen got the part. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of this WWII film, supplies are parachuted to the troops. On several of the boxes, USAF was stenciled on the boxes. The United States Air Force was not named until 1947 and the stencil should have read USAAF (United States Army Air Force). See more »

Quotes

Nikko Regas: [Greeting Tom and Danny at his cottage in Chandigarh] Welcome, allies.
Capt. Tom Reynolds: Mr. Regas.
Capt. Danny De Mortimer: We didn't realize you were tossing a gala.
Nikko Regas: Oh, nonsense. This sort of thing goes on every night. But I want you to consider this your home in Chandigarh. Your 'foxhole away from your foxhole,' so to speak.
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Soundtracks

Burmese Fanfare
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Music by Charles Wolcott
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User Reviews

Routine Rat Pack(-) flick spiced up by Steve McQueen
20 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

This is a typical "Rat Pack" (minus Deano, Joey and Sammy) theatrical romp; big on action and small on fact based substance, but entertaining nonetheless.

The big surprise is Steve McQueen, appearing in one of his first major films. Up to this point, he has come to prominence in the TV series Wanted, Dead or Alive, but has yet to make the jump to film star. "Never So Few" is his springboard. A spat between Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr. gets McQueen the supporting role that launches his movie career under the direction of John Sturges (who later directs The Magnificent Seven and The Great Escape).

McQueen plays Corporal Bill Ringa (Why'd they pick that name...a pseudonym for "Ringer" maybe?), a self promoting "SGT. Bilko" type con man making a few fast bucks "in the rear with the gear" of the CBI. When Ringa is assigned as OSS Capt. Tom Reynold's (Frank Sinatra) jeep driver, during the latter's visit to the rear area headquarters, he impresses the officer with his unorthodox approach to selling illegal whiskey and fighting with MPs (anyone that hates MPs has got my vote). Reynolds gets Ringa transferred to his outfit and the two go about smashing the Japanese and renegade Chinese warlords.

McQueen shows the strong almost overpowering "2d in command" role he perfects in The Magnificent Seven a year later. His on-screen presence in these two films propels McQueen to leading man status thereafter.

Not a very historically accurate film, and some of the acting is overplayed, but McQueen is strong throughout and the film is fast paced and entertaining.


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