This melodrama starring Robert Taylor and Burl Ives was directed by Henry Koster. An American business executive working in England wants to marry European refugee Elizabeth Mueller, but he... See full summary »
'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
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Average Shot Length (ASL) = 13 seconds. Or 18 seconds if the battle sequence near the end is excluded. See more »
At about 53 minutes and 14 seconds into the film a map of Europe is seen hanging on the wall.Judging by the color-coded countries seen on the map it's obvious a post-WW2 European map.Germany,for instance,is clearly separated into 2 sections , namely West and East Germany. See more »
Capt. Brad Parker:
[of the British]
Who do these characters think they are anyway? They were licked in '40 and they're still taking a walloping. They won't admit they're dead pigeons, that's the trouble with 'em. They need us inferior Americans who've got no manners but a lot of power and know-how...
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This movie is on my list of ones not to bother with. Among my many peeves are movies that are mislabeled, that use an enticing title-"Battle of the Bulge" is another-and then portray little if any of the events the title implies. "Lafayette Escadrille" is another. Saw this one 40 years ago on the tube, as a 14 year old I was annoyed at the lack of action and real history. One incident stands out in my memory. At the end when the landings finally occur and newsreel footage is spliced in, the soundtracks plays the songs of the various armed forces, the Marine Corps hymn is played, my mother (born in 1913) said to me (the precocious history buff) "They didn't have Marines at D-Day, did they?" The answer of course is no, the ETO was a strict Army-Navy operation. I would call this a "bait and switch" movie, you are lured in by an enticing title, the actual movie is a scam.
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