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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:
Captain Tom Reynolds and his band of skilled O.S.S. operatives are in WWII Burma to train the Kachin natives in modern warfare... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Dealing With Warlords With Warrants See more (32 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:
Gina Lollobrigida's first American movie.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the lounge scene where Capt. Reynolds punches and falls to the floor with Capt. Mortimer, Reynolds stands and buttons the top button on his tunic. The same button is seen buttoned and unbuttoned a few more times over the next minute.See more »
Quotes:
Carla Vesari:When do you think it will be over? The war, I mean.
Capt. Tom Reynolds:I don't know. It may never be over.
Carla Vesari:When it is over, what will you do back in America?
Capt. Tom Reynolds:I've never thought about it. I may never go back to America... I better stay in the jungle. It's a lot simpler there.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Steve McQueen: The King of Cool (1998) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Burmese FanfareSee more »

FAQ

Steve McQueen---When Was He Signed for "Never"?
Midwest Premiere Happened When and Where?
Gina Lollobrigida---What Was Her Next Movie?
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11 out of 16 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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