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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

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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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

When Capt. Tom Reynolds (Frank Sinatra) is in the bungalow awaiting the visit from the head of OSS, he puts his feet in a small metal tub and begins pouring whiskey over them, apparently disinfecting his feet. The start of the sequence shows him putting his feet in the tub, then another scene from behind shows him pouring the whiskey into the tub from about chest level (as he is sitting on the couch), but we cannot see the tub or his feet but we can hear the whiskey splashing directly into the metal tub. In two subsequent scenes from a head-on frontal view, as the general and his aide come into the room, but with a small table blocking the view of the tub or feet, Capt. Reynolds is still pouring the whiskey into the tub and we can hear it still splashing into the tub, but Capt. Reynolds' legs are clearly splayed outwardly far enough that his feet are obviously not in the tub but straddling it. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Tom Reynolds: [admiring the Himalayan landscape] Just like Indianapolis, only this goes up and down.
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Burmese Fanfare
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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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