The story is based on Theodore H. White's observations in China as a journalist. He interviewed Frank Gleason, who served as head of the demolition crew featured in the story and film, for Time magazine while working in China. Gleason was later hired as an (uncredited) technical consultant for the film. See more »
Major Baldwin's jeep is obviously a post-World War II model, with the visible differences being the jeep seen in the film had larger headlights, a gas tank filler neck and cap in a cutout in the left rear quarter panel (instead of under the driver's seat), and the axe and shovel were affixed under the right front door cutout (instead of under the left front cutout), all different from World War II jeeps. See more »
liked this film, different role for stewart, timely for today
Watching this film with jimmy stewart as a driven military man was interesting. I have always thought of stewart in the role in Harvey or its a wonderful life.
Stewarts characters struggle with power and his obsession to accomplish his objective was fun to watch. This film is worth the time spent and includes some great character actors of this period. I think it deserves its 6.6 overall rating.
Watching this movie develop reminded me of recent events in europe and made the film seem timely despite its age.
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