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The Secret Invasion (1964)

Approved | | Action, Drama, History | 26 September 1964 (Japan)
In 1943, a group of hardened criminals is pardoned on the condition it accepts a mission to free a captive Italian general from the clutches of the Nazis.

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Roger Corman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stewart Granger ... Maj. Richard Mace
Raf Vallone ... Roberto Rocca - Organizer
Mickey Rooney ... Terence Scanlon - Demolition
Edd Byrnes ... Simon Fell - Forger
Henry Silva ... John Durrell - Assassin
Spela Rozin ... Mila (as Mia Massini)
William Campbell ... Jean Saval
Helmo Kindermann Helmo Kindermann ... German Fortress Commandant
Enzo Fiermonte ... Gen. Quadri
Peter Coe ... Marko - Resistance Leader
Nan Morris Nan Morris ... Stephana
Helmuth Schneider ... German Patrol Boat Captain (as Helmut Schneider)
Giulio Marchetti Giulio Marchetti ... Italian Officer
Nicholas Rend Nicholas Rend ... Captain of Fishing Boat
Craig March Craig March
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The Nazis imprison an Italian general who was planning to switch sides and turn over his army to the Allied side. Allied headquarters sends a small, somewhat misfit group of soldiers to spring the general from prison and carry out his plans. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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1953 "From Here to Eternity" 1957 "Bridge on the River Kwai" 1958 "The Young Lions" 1961 "The Guns of Navarone" 1963 "The Great Escape" Now! The Most Incredible Story of Men and War... See more »

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Action | Drama | History | War

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

Croatian | English | German | Italian

Release Date:

26 September 1964 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dubious Patriots See more »

Filming Locations:

Dubrovnik, Croatia, Yugoslavia See more »

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Budget:

$600,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,000,000, 31 December 1964
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Roger Corman directed this movie in between making Poe films (i.e. filmed adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe horror stories) The Masque of the Red Death (1964) and The Tomb of Ligeia (1964), the latter of which was the last of his Poe adaptions. See more »

Goofs

Aside from the military uniforms, all clothing worn by both the cast and the extras is current fashion, circa early 1960s; Mia Massini's hair styles are strictly 1964. See more »

Quotes

Maj. Richard Mace: Pretty clumsy and rather childish. Now, you've had your fun, but if this happens in action, God Help you!
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Knocking The Axe Out Of The Axis
25 May 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Roger Corman got his largest budget to date and distribution through United Artists for The Secret Invasion. Even though the story is a combination of The Dirty Dozen and The Guns Of Navarone, it's all delivered in nice style.

Heading the mission is Major Stewart Granger and the time is during those days just before the Allies invaded Italy proper having already landed and occupied Sicily. He gets himself a choice team of criminals of varying kind all with certain specialties. His team includes Raf Vallone, Edd Byrnes, William Campbell, Mickey Rooney, and Henry Silva. With Granger that makes it a half a dozen.

These six are to go into occupied Yugoslavia and kidnap a popular Italian general. Remember at this point in time Mussolini had already been overthrown and the Allies were conducting negotiations with Field Marshal Badoglio to take Italy out of the Axis orbit. Command broke down in the Italian Army and Badoglio dragged his feet somewhat. So this was a move in Yugoslavia where the Italians had considerable troops.

Things didn't quite work out for Granger and the rest of his half dozen no more than they did for the Allies and Badoglio. Still the mission is completed kind of and a few actually survive to tell the tale.

Best in the cast is Mickey Rooney who adopts a nice Irish brogue as he plays an IRA man who's good with explosives. Like the rest he's fighting for a pardon if he gets back from Yugoslavia. He looks like he's having a great old time in the part. Given his last name you'd think the Mick would have played more Irish types in films. But remember he was born Joe Yule, Jr. quite Jewish.

The Secret Invasion will not be one of Roger Corman's cult classics, it had too big a budget for that. Still it's an enjoyable film, war film fans will like it.


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