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Never So Few (1959)

Approved | | Drama, War | 7 December 1959 (USA)
During WW2, the American O.S.S. mounts covert operations against the Japanese army in the jungles of Burma.

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Cast

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
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Margaret Fitch
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Col. Reed
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Capt. Alofson - Psychiatrist
Richard Lupino ...
Mike Island
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Storyline

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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Release Date:

7 December 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Campaign Burma  »

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Budget:

$3,480,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Metrocolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This movie is based on the real-life story of World War II's OSS Detachment 101. This was an OSS Operations Group designed to specialize in activities in the China-Burma-India region in collaboration with the Kachin Rangers and other Allied special operations units. 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

Capt. Tom Reynolds: [while visiting at Regas' posh villa in northern India, noticing the mix of people present] Europeans, Sikhs, Chinese... Doctors, lawyers, merchants and thieves.
Carla Vesari: [Mockingly] You're a terrible poet.
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Connections

Featured in Sinatra: All or Nothing at All: Part 2 (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Burmese Fanfare
(uncredited)
Music by Charles Wolcott
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Based on Real-life story of OSS Detachment 101
25 March 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Although the profile mentions that Sinatra's character and his fellow agents are members of the OSS, this could use some elaboration. This movie is clearly an attempt to dramatize certain portions of OSS Detachment 101's exploits in the CBI during WWII. This is the only film I've ever seen that deals with a story involving the OSS that is based on any sort of factual series of events. Detachment 101, formed very early in WWII as an OSS Operations Group (OG), was responsible for hamstringing Japanese operations in the China-Burma-India (CBI) theater along with the Kachin Rangers, native people whom they had trained and equipped and a host of other Allied special operations type units, many of which contributed to the lineages of later special ops units, especially in the US (Merrill's Marauders = 75th Ranger Regiment and Det. 101 being the root of lineages of both CIA covert operations units and Army Special Forces).

The story which most clearly sticks out here is the episode involving the discovery of warrants issued by the Chinese Nationalist government authorizing local bandit warlords to confiscate goods from anyone, including Allied forces. Although not quite right in the movie, these bandits attacked a group of Kachins, which brought the attention of US OSS agents. These agents, with their Kachin Rangers, attacked across the Chinese border, discovered the warrants and almost caused a major diplomatic incident between the US and Chinese governments, especially after the OSS agents turned a blind eye to the execution of the Chinese bandits by Kachin Rangers.

All in all, not a spectacular film and the love interest aspect a little odd in the middle of a war-zone, but still notable as the only film dealing with the subject of OSS OGs in a semi-factual way.


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