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The leather jacket that Frank Sinatra wore in Von Ryan's Express, was later worn by Bob Crane in Hogan's Heroes. It was later worn by Greg Kinnear in Auto Focus.
Michael Goodliffe, who plays Capt. Stein, was an actual Prisoner of War during WWII. He was captured at Dunkirk and spent the next five years in a German POW camp.
Trevor Howard was second choice for Major Fincham after Peter Finch turned it down.
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When the Germans are setting up for the train to arrive at Milan station, they set up mortars and a machine gun that is quite clearly a US .30 caliber water cooled machine gun. The Germans would have been using MG-42's, a much superior weapon and one made by their own country, not the USA.
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The first train station, Firenze SMN or Santa Maria Novella, is the end of a spur into Florence. The train wouldn't have gone through it.
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Mia Farrow was introduced to Frank Sinatra when she visited her friend John Leyton on the set. Farrow had co-starred with Leyton earlier that year when the actress made her screen debut in another British military drama, "Guns at Batasi." She and Sinatra later married.
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The cast features 3 stars who had UK chart hits. Frank Sinatra, John Leyton and Raffaella Carrà (who charted in 1978 with "Do It, Do It Again").
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According to the memoirs of the producers the original choice to play Sgt Bostick was vetoed by the star.
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The three German warplanes in the film, Bf-108s substituting for Bf-109s, sport a spurious, fanciful paint scheme. Luftwaffe service aircraft in most European theaters, including Italian, were camouflaged with a subtle green and brown "splinter" pattern on upper and side surfaces with pale blue undersides.
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This movie's opening prologue states: ITALY, AUGUST 1943.

With the Allies poised to strike, the Germans seized control of Italy. So the war-weary Italian nation fought on, a prisoner of the German armies.
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Average Shot Length = ~5.3 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~5.4 seconds.
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Frank Sinatra`s salary was $250,000.
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The author of the book, David Westheimer, was a navigator on a B-24 that was shot down over Italy in WWII and he was POW in Stalag Luft III.
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According to Saul David's memoirs, Frank Sinatra was desperate to have Richard Burton as his co-star. Sinatra was not aware, however, that the studio, 20th Century Fox, were in the middle of a bitter court case with Burton and his wife, Elizabeth Taylor, over the massive cost overruns on " Cleopatra ", and wouldn't even entertain the thought of hiring Burton. Sinatra had made plenty of overtures to Burton in the hope he would sign on, and he was furious that he had wasted his time and effort.
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According to Producer Saul David's memoirs Jack Hawkins and Peter Finch were possibles for the part of Major Fincham
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Frank Sinatra mandated that this movie's ending be changed, and subsequently this destroyed any possibility of a sequel that the 20th Century Fox studio was considering. In the original ending which appears in the source novel, Ryan is not killed as with the film's ending; he survives and with the other escaped POWs, is able to get to neutral Switzerland. This ending would have allowed Ryan, the movie's central character, to appear in a sequel. Sinatra wished for his character to be killed off to add a token of believability to the movie, as well as for there to be redemption for the death of the female character Gabriella.

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