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D-Day the Sixth of June (1956)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | 29 May 1956 (USA)
En route to Normandy, an American and a British officer reminisce in flashback about their romances with the same woman.

Director:

Henry Koster

Writers:

Ivan Moffat (screenplay), Harry Brown (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Taylor ... Capt. Brad Parker
Richard Todd ... Lt. Col. John Wynter
Dana Wynter ... Valerie Russell
Edmond O'Brien ... Lt. Col. Alexander Timmer
John Williams ... Brig. Russell
Jerry Paris ... Raymond Boyce
Robert Gist ... Dan Stenick
Richard Wyler ... David Archer (as Richard Stapley)
Ross Elliott ... Maj. Mills
Alex Finlayson Alex Finlayson ... Col. Harkens
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Storyline

'Twas the night before D-Day. One ship, carrying Special Force Six, leaves ahead of the main invasion on a dangerous mission. On board are British Colonel Wynter and American Captain Parker, who each, in flashback, reminisce about their separate involvements with beauteous Valerie Russell. Will the coming battle (confined to the film's last fifteen minutes) determine which one comes home to her? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The Greatest Love Story of the War ! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

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Trivia

This film's opening prologue states: "1944. Half a million men awaited the signal to cross the English Channel. For many it was to be the last day of their lives. It was D-DAY THE SIXTH OF JUNE." See more »

Goofs

When the US soldiers are mocking a Home Guard unit drilling nearby they say things like "they haven't even got uniforms". This would appear to be the case as you can see them wearing only LDV (Local Defence Volunteers) armbands on top of their "civvies". This was the case when the force was first formed early in the war (1940) well before the US entered the war after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour on December 7th 1941. But by the time the GIs arrived in Britain in 1942 all units of the Home Guard were fully equipped with uniforms, weapons etc. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Col. Alexander Timmer: I'm gonna get into a combat unit if I have to take a bust down to captain to do it.
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Soundtracks

You'll Never Know
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played at the Italian restaurant and at various times throughout the picture
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D-DAY THE SIXTH OF JUNE (Henry Koster, 1956) **1/2
8 April 2006 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

Another big-budget WWII adventure, filmed in color and widescreen by Fox in the '50s - and a misleadingly titled one, as it barely concerns the crucial 1944 Normandy invasion it references (not surprisingly Fox returned to this subject, and tackled it much more comprehensively, in THE LONGEST DAY [1962])! As a matter of fact, the film's one genuine battle sequence, while quite well done, occurs only after having gone through some 80 minutes of incessant talk; the bulk of this footage is devoted to a romantic triangle, told in lengthy flashbacks, which comprises American Robert Taylor and Brits Richard Todd and Dana Wynter, plus a rather irrelevant subplot involving maverick Colonel Edmond O'Brien! That said, the film is glossily proficient and remains highly watchable as the kind of unassuming entertainment turned out on a general basis by Hollywood in its heyday...


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 May 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Sixth of June See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,075,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,487
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)| Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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