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Tarnished Heroes (1961)

When Major Roy Bell and his company are trapped by the advancing German army, Bell decides to embark on a dangerous mission to blow up a bridge which is of strategic importance to the enemy.

Director:

Ernest Morris

Writer:

Brian Clemens
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Cast

Credited cast:
Dermot Walsh ... Maj. Roy Bell
Anton Rodgers ... Don Conyers
Patrick McAlinney ... Reilly
Richard Carpenter ... Freddy
Maurice Kaufmann ... Tom Mason
Max Butterfield Max Butterfield ... Tony
Brian Peck ... Bernie White
Sheila Whittingham Sheila Whittingham ... Josette
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Bennett Richard Bennett ... Officer
Eric Corrie Eric Corrie ... Officer
Hugh David Hugh David ... Hoyt
Stuart Hillier Stuart Hillier ... Capt. Mead
Andreas Malandrinos Andreas Malandrinos ... Flamoun
John Scott John Scott ... Col. Moreton
Graham Stewart Graham Stewart ... Corporal
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When Major Roy Bell and his company are trapped by the advancing German army, Bell decides to embark on a dangerous mission to blow up a bridge which is of strategic importance to the enemy.

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Col. Moreton: But they're defaulters. Drunks, deserters, thieves. The most unreliable treacherous men in the battalion.
Maj. Roy Bell: The scraping of the barrel. You won't find any men more expendable than those, Colonel.
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Acceptable low-budget war film
29 June 2018 | by MarlburianSee all my reviews

I've just watched "Tarnished Heroes" on YouTube and found it acceptable enough, given the obviously limited budget. The other two reviews here on IMDB say it all, or most of it.

I groaned when the soldiers discovered a young French girl in the church where they were holed up, with an instant romance ensuing between her and Major Bell as Germans trapped the squad inside. And there was rather too much extended soul-searching and soul-baring, some of which involved the besieged men sorting out individual and collective issues and not keeping watch on what might have been developing outside the church.

Several of the German soldiers died in quite a realistic manner, reeling back from gunshots, in contrast to the almost languid collapsing one sees too often in war films.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 November 1961 (Australia) See more »

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Budget:

GBP17,000 (estimated)
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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