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Darby's Rangers (1958)

The lives, loves, and battles of fictional characters in the Army's First Ranger Battalion during WWII.

Director:

William A. Wellman

Writers:

Guy Trosper, James J. Altieri (suggested by the book) (as Major James Altieri)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Garner ... Col. William Orlando Darby
Etchika Choureau ... Angelina De Lotta / Dittmann
Jack Warden ... MSgt. Saul Rosen / Narrator
Edd Byrnes ... Lt. Arnold Dittman (as Edward Byrnes)
Venetia Stevenson ... Peggy McTavish
Torin Thatcher ... Sgt. McTavish
Peter Brown ... Pvt. / Cpl. Rollo Burns
Joan Elan ... Wendy Hollister
Corey Allen ... Pvt. Pittsburgh Tony Sutherland
Stuart Whitman ... Sgt. / SSgt. / Sfc. Hank Bishop
Murray Hamilton ... Pvt. / Sgt. Sims Delancey
William Wellman Jr. ... Pvt. Eli Clatworthy (as Bill Wellman Jr.)
Andrea King ... Mrs. Sheilah Andrews
Adam Williams ... Cpl. Heavy Hall
Frieda Inescort ... Lady Hollister
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Storyline

Highly fictionalized account of the formation of the US Army's First Ranger Battalion in World War II and their first commanding officer Major (later, Lieutenant-Colonel) Orlando Darby. The idea was to create a US unit along the lines of the British commandos. In this account, which focuses on several fictional characters, the story is initially on their training in Scotland and the lives and loves their encounter while there. Their first combat mission was in the invasion of North Africa in 1942, followed by the invasion of Sicily and then Italy itself, including the amphibious landing at Anzio. Written by garykmcd

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love | africa | major | italy | training | See All (73) »

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Nothing Like It Since "Battle Cry"! See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 1958 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

William A.Wellman's Darby's Rangers See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (theatrical release)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Edd Byrnes replaced Tab Hunter as Lt. Dittmann when Hunter quit before filming began. See more »

Goofs

When we meet MSgt Rosen for the first time, he looks to the heavens and says, "Mazeltov!" indicating he is Jewish. He then makes the sign of the cross, which is a Catholic custom. See more »

Quotes

Col. William Orlando Darby: [Having a heart-to-heart talk with a somewhat distraught Ranger, who has just killed his first enemy soldier in combat] I've killed men, too. It won't be the last for either of us.
Pvt. Rollo Burns: Uh, sir, well, I was brought up to believe that a man's life was sacred, and that only God had the right to take it.
Col. William Orlando Darby: I believe that... Unless he's trying to kill you first.
Pvt. Rollo Burns: Well, I'll get over it, I guess.
Col. William Orlando Darby: Of course you will... Burns, look. We didn't make this world, so we can't account for the kind of men that are in...
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Connections

Referenced in Los que no fuimos a la guerra (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Too Marvelous for Words
(uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Played at the restaurant when the girls arrive
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A nice cast boosts the war drama
4 June 2002 | by buxSee all my reviews

Veteran Director Wellman guides the capable cast through all the usual war movie cliches and still manages to keep our interest. Scattered throughout the action are some nice cameos by then "up and coming" stars, and an especially nice bit done by Edd "Kooky" Brynes. This one is still fun.


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