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Suicide Battalion (1958)

Approved | | War, Drama | February 1958 (USA)
Second World War drama, set in the Philippines about a group of men recruited for the dangerous mission of destroying an American base to keep strategic papers out of enemy hands when ... See full summary »


Edward L. Cahn


Lou Rusoff (story), Lou Rusoff (screenplay)


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Cast overview:
Mike Connors ... Major Matt McCormack (as Michael Connors)
John Ashley ... Pvt. Tommy Novello
Jewell Lain Jewell Lain ... Elizabeth Ann Mason, Photographer
Russ Bender ... Sgt. Harry Donovan
Bing Russell ... Lt. Chet Hall
Scott Peters Scott Peters ... Pvt. Wally Zagorsky
Walter Maslow Walter Maslow ... Pvt. Marty Green
John McNamara John McNamara ... Colonel Craig
Clifford Kawada Clifford Kawada ... Colonel Hiosho
Robert Tetrick Robert Tetrick ... Pvt. Bill (Capt. Hendry's orderly) (as Bob Tetrick)
Marjorie Stapp ... Beverly
Jan Englund Jan Englund ... Annette
Isabel Cooley ... Julie
Hilo Hattie Hilo Hattie ... Mama Lily
Sammee Tong ... Papa Lily (as Sammy Tong)


Second World War drama, set in the Philippines about a group of men recruited for the dangerous mission of destroying an American base to keep strategic papers out of enemy hands when Japanese forces invade. The men spend their last hours drowning their sorrows in a bar, but time is running out. Written by <stripe@dds.nl>

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To hell with orders... we ATTACK!


War | Drama


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Release Date:

February 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Batallón suicida See more »

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Zuma Productions See more »
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Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White
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Opening credits: All characters and events depicted in this photoplay are fictional. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »


Philippine bar girl: Ever hear of a place called New York?
Pvt. Tommy Novello: Yea it's near the Brooklyn Bridge
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Remade as Hell Raiders (1968) See more »

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Cheap ,shoddy and lacking in quality
15 March 2008 | by lorenellroySee all my reviews

A quick look at the Edward L Cahn section of this site reveals that he was notably prolific and in the year this movie was made -1958-churned out 5 other titles and maintained a similar rate for much of his career.Quantity rather than quality was a feature of his movie making and this has little to recommend it .

It is a curiously immobile film with much of the footage consisting of actors reciting rather dull dialogue in front of a static camera .The picture is clearly drive -in movie fodder and I suspect it was the bottom half of a double bill alongside a beach party or horror flick of similar dullness and lack of skill.

Set in the Pacific during World war Two it deals with the eponymous battalion who are sent behind enemy lines to prevent key strategy papers falling into Japanese hands .The actors are mostly youthful and good looking ,designed to appeal to a teen audience but possessing little grasp of the dramatic arts .Tension arises when the hard bitten commander Major McCormack (Mike Connors)clashes with second in command Lieutenant Hall (Bing Russell)in part over a mutual interest in a woman war photographer Elizabeth Mason (Jewell Lian)and there is a tiresome sub plot about a marriage between a young GI ,Tommy Novello (John Ashley)and a native girl . The acting is atrocious -apart from Russ Bender as the experienced Sergeant .Battle scenes use obvious stock newsreel footage and the whole movie is shoddy badly staged and a waste of time for the audience suckered into watching it

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