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Paratroop Command (1959)

Approved | | Drama, War | February 1959 (USA)
A squad member of the U.S. Paratroop unit in WWII accidently shoots one of his unit. Over the forthcoming months there is some anamosity against him as they battle their way across Italy.

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Jack Hogan ... Ace
Jimmy Murphy ... The Sergeant / Sergeant
Jeff Morris ... Pigpen
James Beck ... Cowboy (as Jim Beck)
Carolyn Hughes ... Gina
Patricia Huston ... Amy
Paul Busch ... German Captain
... Interpreter (as Sid Lassick)
Brad Trumbull ... Pilot
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A squad member of the U.S. Paratroop unit in WWII accidently shoots one of his unit. Over the forthcoming months there is some anamosity against him as they battle their way across Italy.

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Mentioned by Quentin Tarantino among his favorite war films. See more »

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The helmet of the Lieutenant (played by Ken Lynch) has a vertical white stripe on the back. In 1943, the US Army did not use the white stripes during the North Africa Campaign (vertical for officers, horizontal for NCO's). These were not added to the combat helmets until just before D-Day in 1944. See more »

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Bakalyan's good, film is less so
26 January 2009 | by See all my reviews

It's good to see veteran character actor Richard Bakalyan in pretty much anything, and he gets to show his stuff in this low-budget WW II "epic" from American-International and action specialist William Witney. Ken Lynch, a familiar face who specialized in playing tough cops and soldiers, is also quite good as an officer who leads his squad of paratroopers in a jump behind enemy lines. Unfortunately, the film itself isn't up to the talents of Bakalyan, Lynch or Witney. The supporting performances range from sub-par to embarrassing--not particularly surprising considering the hack script by producer Stan Shpetner--and the action scenes are poorly handled by the usually reliable Witney. The film is worth a look if you're a Dick Bakalyan fan, but otherwise there's not much else to recommend it.


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