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Red Ball Express (1952)

Story of the military truck drivers who kept the Allied armies supplied in Europe during World War II.

Director:

Budd Boetticher

Writers:

John Michael Hayes (screenplay), Marcy Klauber (story) (as Marcel Klauber) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jeff Chandler ... Lt. Chick Campbell
Alex Nicol ... Sgt. Red Kallek
Charles Drake ... Pvt. Ronald Partridge / Narrator
Judith Braun Judith Braun ... Joyce McClellan
Sidney Poitier ... Robertson
Jacqueline Duval Jacqueline Duval ... Antoinette Dubois
Bubber Johnson Bubber Johnson ... Pvt. Taffy Smith
Davis Roberts ... Pvt. Dave McCord (as Robert Davis)
Hugh O'Brian ... Pvt. Wilson
Frank Chase Frank Chase ... Pvt. Higgins
Cindy Garner ... Kitty Walsh
Gregg Palmer ... Tank Lieutenant (as Palmer Lee)
John Hudson ... Tank Sergeant
Jack Kelly ... Heyman
Howard Petrie ... Maj. Gen. Lee Gordon
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Storyline

August 1944: proceeding with the invasion of France, Patton's Third Army has advanced so far toward Paris that it cannot be supplied. To keep up the momentum, Allied HQ establishes an elite military truck route. One (racially integrated) platoon of this Red Ball Express encounters private enmities, bypassed enemy pockets, minefields, and increasingly perilous missions, leavened by a touch of comedy. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Taglines:

FROM BEACHHEAD TO BATTLEFRONT! THEY CARRY THE AMMO FOR PATTON'S TANKS! (original print ad - all caps)

Genres:

Action | Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

29 August 1952 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Hermanos ante el peligro See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Louis L'Amour's memoir, "Education of a Wandering Man", said that this movie was actually based on his war time anecdotes. He won two Bronze Stars as an officer on the Red Ball Express. See more »

Goofs

The majority of Red Ball Express drivers were African American. The US Army used them for the dangerous driving routes as they were considered to be expendable. The film doesn't reflect the demographic realities of the unit. See more »

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No credits besides the title, seven minutes in the film. See more »

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Featured in Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That (2005) See more »

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Story is semi-biography of Louis L'Amour
19 June 2006 | by imdb-14406See all my reviews

The story was inspired by events in Louis L'Amour's life when he served in the European campaign. Louis L'Amour for those who may not know was a prolific writer of Westerns and single-handedly reinvented that literary form.

He told his WWII tales at the Brown Derby on Vine Stree in Hollywood. Louis often met with Cobb who ran the place. They often spoke of American Natives especially the Crow Indians in Wyoming and Montana. In any case, someone overheard Louis's WWII tales and it became this film.

I don't know if Louis L'Amour was ever credited. I don't think so. Much of this author's early life could easily serve as an exciting source of several entertaining and illuminating films.


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