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Director:
Writers:
Millard Kaufman (screenplay)
Tom T. Chamales (novel)
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Release Date:
7 December 1959 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Kiss by kiss the time ran out and never so few were the moments left for love!
Plot:
During WW2, the American O.S.S. mounts covert operations against the Japanese army in the jungles of Burma. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Dealing With Warlords With Warrants See more (34 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Frank Sinatra ... Capt. Tom Reynolds

Gina Lollobrigida ... Carla Vesari

Peter Lawford ... Capt. Grey Travis

Steve McQueen ... Bill Ringa

Richard Johnson ... Capt. Danny De Mortimer

Paul Henreid ... Nikko Regas

Brian Donlevy ... Gen. Sloan

Dean Jones ... Sgt. Jim Norby

Charles Bronson ... Sgt. John Danforth
Philip Ahn ... Nautaung

Robert Bray ... Col. Fred Parkson

Kipp Hamilton ... Margaret Fitch

John Hoyt ... Col. Reed

Whit Bissell ... Capt. Alofson - Psychiatrist
Richard Lupino ... Mike Island

Aki Aleong ... Billingsly
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Henry Amargo ... Scout (uncredited)
Rayford Barnes ... Soldier in Helicopter (uncredited)
Charles Bateman ... Pilot (uncredited)
Chatu Singh Bedi ... Pedestrian (uncredited)
John Bryant ... General Sloan's Aide (uncredited)
Eugene Chan ... Scout (uncredited)
Spencer Chan ... Merchant (uncredited)
W.T. Chang ... Elderly Chinese (uncredited)
Kei Thin Chung ... Boat Driver (uncredited)
Isabel Cooley ... Shan Girl (uncredited)
Jim Cronin ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Noel De Souza ... Secretary (uncredited)

Ross Elliott ... Colonel Dr. Barry (uncredited)
Paul Fierro ... Hindu Noble (uncredited)
Harold Fong ... Chinese Peasant (uncredited)
Martin Fong ... Scout (uncredited)
Bhupesh Guha ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)

James Hong ... General Chao (uncredited)
Dale Ishimoto ... Scout (uncredited)
Morgan Jones ... Co-Pilot (uncredited)
Clifford Kawada ... Japanese Officer (uncredited)
George Khoury ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Robert Kino ... La-Bung La (uncredited)
Joe La Bate ... Bellboy (uncredited)
Guy Lee ... Bye Ya (uncredited)
Jay Lee ... Chinese War Lord (uncredited)
Allan Liu ... Scout (uncredited)
Leon Lontoc ... Laurel (uncredited)
Clarence Lung ... Scout (uncredited)

Mako ... Soldier in Hospital (uncredited)
Paul Maxwell ... Co-Pilot (uncredited)
Peter Miller ... Cargo Man (uncredited)
Rollin Moriyama ... Scout (uncredited)
Bong Nam ... Kachin Scout (uncredited)
Leo Needham ... Pilot (uncredited)
Maggie Pierce ... Nurse (uncredited)
James Shen ... Chinese Soldier (uncredited)
Reginald Lal Singh ... Major Domo (uncredited)

William Smith ... MP Officer #1 (uncredited)
Roy Taguchi ... Japanese Officer (uncredited)

George Takei ... Soldier in Hospital (uncredited)
Irene Tedrow ... Head Nurse (uncredited)
Marie Tsien ... Eurasian Girl (uncredited)
Lawrence Ung ... Chinese Lieutenant (uncredited)

Directed by
John Sturges 
 
Writing credits
Millard Kaufman (screenplay)

Tom T. Chamales (novel)

Produced by
Edmund Grainger .... producer
 
Original Music by
Hugo Friedhofer 
 
Cinematography by
William H. Daniels (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ferris Webster 
 
Art Direction by
Addison Hehr 
Hans Peters 
 
Set Decoration by
Henry Grace (set decorations)
Richard Pefferle (set decorations)
 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
William Tuttle .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert E. Relyea .... assistant director
Hank Moonjean .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Franklin Milton .... recording supervisor
 
Special Effects by
Robert R. Hoag .... special effects
Lee LeBlanc .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Cliff Shirpser .... effects camera operator (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Roy Jenson .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Helen Rose .... gowns: Gina Lollobrigida
 
Editorial Department
Charles K. Hagedon .... color consultant
 
Music Department
Charles Wolcott .... conductor
Robert Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Gil Grau .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Pete Jolly .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Max Rabinowitz .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Uan Rasey .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Herbert W. Spencer .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Albert Woodbury .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Campaign Burma" - USA (alternative title)
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Runtime:
125 min
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Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1960) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (1987) | USA:Approved (PCA #19299) | West Germany:12 (f)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
John Hoyt, Whit Bissell, and George Takei all went on to become legendary television actors of the 1960s, and all three played memorable roles in "Star Trek" (1966), but no two of them, let alone all three, were ever in the same episode of that show.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:You know, the movies have got it all wrong, a cigarette tastes lousy when you're wounded.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Steve McQueen: The Essence of Cool (2005) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Burmese FanfareSee more »

FAQ

Ava Gardner---Was She Suppose to Star in "Never"?
Thomas Chamales---Author of "Never So Few"---How Did He Die?
Chicago Critics Wrote What About "Never"?
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13 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Dealing With Warlords With Warrants, 7 September 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Never So Few finds Frank Sinatra as co-commander with Britisher Richard Johnson of a behind the lines detachment of Kachin native tribesmen, conducting harassing actions against the Japanese in the China-Burma- India Theater of World War II. Sinatra is working out of the Office of Strategic Services which in this case is run by General Brian Donlevy playing William J. Donovan in all, but name.

Sinatra keeps the hipster persona down to a minimum and delivers a good performance as the rather unorthodox commander of native troops. Of course he's confronted with a rather unorthodox situation when warlords with warrants from the Chinese Nationalist government in Chungking massacre Americans and Kachins for their supplies. Purportedly these were our allies.

In all of this Sinatra finds time to romance Gina Lollabrigida the kept woman of Paul Henreid a most mysterious person of influence and nurse Kipp Hamilton. Gina is a most entertaining diversion, but the real story is about the Chinese actions in World War II.

During the Fifties Chiang Kai-Shek was a godlike creature, a noble exile from Communism on Taiwan running the government we still recognized. Never So Few was a daring film for its time, fresh from the McCarthy years for daring to suggest the Nationalist Chinese were less than noble.

Actually what is described in Never So Few, independent warlords making deals with both sides is old business in the Orient. It was something our culture couldn't grasp, still can't in many ways.

Never So Few boosted the careers of three men in Sinatra's and Johnson's command. Charles Bronson, Steve McQueen, and Dean Jones all of whom went on to substantial careers. For McQueen it was his first role of substance in a major motion picture.

I recall reading years ago that Hedda Hopper who always boosted Steve McQueen's career when she could in her column, claiming that while this was a good career move, he should avoid dependence on Frank Sinatra for his employment. McQueen being an independent sort of fellow anyway, probably would have come to that same conclusion on his own. Nevertheless he certainly did carve his own legend out in film history.

Never So Few is a decent war film of a little known theater of war for Americans and should be seen.

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