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The Execution of Private Slovik (TV Movie 1974) Poster

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Bernard V. Calka, of Macomb County Michigan and a Polish-American World War II veteran, petitioned the U.S. Army to return Slovik's remains to the USA. In 1987, he convinced President Ronald Reagan to order their return. Calka raised $8,000 to pay for the exhumation of Slovik's remains and for their transfer to Detroit's Woodmere Cemetery, where Slovik was reburied next to his wife.
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The court-martial scene was filmed in the Grand Ballroom of the passenger ship and tourist attraction Queen Mary, in Long Beach, California.
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In 1960 Frank Sinatra announced that he wanted to film Huie's book, with a script by Albert Maltz. Since Maltz was one of the Hollywood Ten, and the nature of the story, Sinatra was accused of Communist sympathies. At the time he was campaigning for John F. Kennedy and was persuaded to drop the project.
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James Dean considered making this in the mid- 50's.
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