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The Tanks Are Coming (1951)

An American tank crew fights its way into Germany in World War II.

Director:

Lewis Seiler

Writers:

Robert Hardy Andrews (screenplay), Samuel Fuller (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Steve Cochran ... Francis Aloysius 'Sully' Sullivan
Philip Carey ... Lt. Rawson
Mari Aldon ... Patricia Kane
Paul Picerni ... Danny Kolowicz
Harry Bellaver ... Sgt. Lemchek
James Dobson James Dobson ... Pfc. George 'Ike' Eisenhower
George O'Hanlon ... Sgt. Tucker
John McGuire ... Col. Matthews
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Storyline

During the second-half of 1944, various Allied units stationed in Belgium attempt to smash their way through the tough German defenses at the Siegfried Line. If successful, the way to Germany is wide-open. One of these units is the American 3rd Armored Division. The film's story concerns a particular five-tank platoon, commanded by Lt. Rawson, the best platoon in Captain Bob Horner's Company C. During an ambush, the lead tank, California Jane, commanded by Master Sgt. Joe Davis, is seriously damaged by a German Panther tank. Davis is severely wounded and his driver is killed. Soon after, a replacement sergeant takes over Davis' role. However, the new man, staff sergeant Francis Aloysius Sullivan is cocky, heartless and tactless. His behavior frustrates both his men and his superiors. Many suspect that Sullivan is a show-off, and eager for an aggressive combat style in order to receive promotions, medals and praises. Some of the other men in the platoon are Danny Kolowicz, Sgt. Lemchek... Written by nufs68

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The Happy, Scrappy Story of those Hit-'Em-First Heroes!

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Action | Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les tanks arrivent See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Knox, Kentucky, USA

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In all of his films, Samuel Fuller--who wrote the story for this film, but not the screenplay--has a character named "Lemcheck". In this film it's a sergeant, played by Harry Bellaver. See more »

Goofs

The main characters are assigned to crew an M26 Pershing tank armed with a 90 millimeter gun, with which they breach the Siegfried Line in Germany sometime in the Fall of 1944. In actuality, the M26 Pershing did not become operational until February 1945. Furthermore, the actual tank used in the movie was an M46 Patton, a post-World War II upgrade of the M26 which did not enter service until 1949. See more »

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The Washington Post
(uncredited)
Music by John Philip Sousa
Played when the tanks roll into Mons
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I'd Rather Have Their Equipment...
14 August 2007 | by xerses13See all my reviews

THE TANKS ARE COMING (1951) covered our (U.S. Army) Armored SpearHead and its problems during the war in Europe (WWII). The main problem being our Tanks were just not as good as our opponents the Nazi Germans. A captured German Tank Commander once commented "One (1) of our tanks are better then twelve (12) of yours, but you always have a thirteenth (13th)". True, we could (and the Russians) out produce by a factor of ten (10) to one (1) or more. That did not help the crews inside these coffins when inadequate armor (and firepower) gave little or no protection at all.

The movie starts off clearly showing these inadequacies. As our Tank Platoon with Shermans takes on a German Panther (a disguised M36 sitting in). Our shells bounce off, theirs go right through. The film illustrates this well with the guns sound effects. Our guns sound like cap pistols the Germans like thunder. The story goes on from there as determination and guts have to overcome technological limitations. Toward the end our hero's get a M26 Pershing which had both the Armor and Gun to take on their opponents in a equitable manner. A little late for those who already had made the supreme sacrifice.

It took awhile but lessons were learned and are reflected in the current equipment of the U.S. ARMY. The M1A2 Abrams and the other Armored Vehicles are World Class and second to none. Their only equivalents are also made/used by our allies (for the most part). One (1) further note this film should not be confused with the Warner Brothers Short of the same name made in 1941, also reviewed.


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