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Paratroop Command (1959)

Approved | | Drama, War | February 1959 (USA)
A squad member of the U.S. Paratroop unit in WWII accidently shoots one of his unit. Over the forthcoming months there is some anamosity against him as they battle their way across Italy.

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A squad member of the U.S. Paratroop unit in WWII accidently shoots one of his unit. Over the forthcoming months there is some anamosity against him as they battle their way across Italy.

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The movie takes place in three main theatre of war settings: North Africa: Sicily, Italy and Salerno in Campania in south-western Italy. See more »

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The helmet of the Lieutenant (played by Ken Lynch) has a vertical white stripe on the back. In 1943, the US Army did not use the white stripes during the North Africa Campaign (vertical for officers, horizontal for NCO's). These were not added to the combat helmets until just before D-Day in 1944. See more »

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Routine B War Picture
23 February 2009 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In the short running time of 71 minutes Paratroop Command follows a small group of soldiers participating in landing in North Africa, Sicily, and Salerno which in actual time was about a year and a half. One of them, Richard Bakalyn accidentally kills one of his comrades in friendly fire and can't quite win the trust of the other men, including his lieutenant Ken Lynch.

Not that the incident was his fault, it wasn't. In fact it was a rather stupid way for the other guy to get killed if you watch the movie. Still Bakalyn just can't get the others to trust him.

Directing Paratroop Command is William Witney who was one of Herbert J. Yates's best B western directors. He directed films with all of Republic's western stars. His grind them out style honed with years working for Yates shows in Paratroop Command.

Nothing terribly special here, just some veteran movie makers doing their thing.


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