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Director  Budd Boetticher
Producer  Aaron Rosenberg
Duration  
Country  United States
6.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, War
Cinematography  Maury Gertsman
Language  English
Red Ball Express (film) movie poster
Writer  Billy Grady, Jr., Marcy Klauber, John Michael Hayes
Release date  August 29, 1952 (1952-08-29)
Cast  Jeff Chandler (Lt Campbell), Charles Drake (Partridge), Sidney Poitier (Robertson), Jacqueline Duval (Antoinette), Hugh O'Brian (Wilson), Alex Nicol (Sgt Kallek)
Similar movies  Related Budd Boetticher movies
Tagline  FROM BEACHHEAD TO BATTLEFRONT! THEY CARRY THE AMMO FOR PATTON'S TANKS!

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Enmity between an officer and his assistant complicates an already hazardous mission to get supplies to Pattons tanks.

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Red Ball Express is a 1952 World War II war film directed by Budd Boetticher and starring Jeff Chandler. The film is based on the real Red Ball Express convoys that took place after the D-Day landings in Normandy in June 1944. The tag line for the movie is "From beachhead to battlefront! They carry the ammo for Pattons Tanks!"

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August 1944: proceeding with the invasion of France, Patton's Third Army has advanced so far toward Paris that it cannot be supplied. To keep up the momentum, Allied HQ establishes an elite military truck route.

Plot synopsis

August 1944: proceeding with the invasion of France, Pattons Third Army has advanced so far toward Paris that it cannot be supplied. To keep up the momentum, Allied HQ establishes an elite military truck route. One (racially integrated) platoon of this Red Ball Express encounters private enmities, German resistance, minefields, and increasingly perilous missions.

Lt Chick Campbell, head of the platoon, clashes with Sgt Red Kallek over an incident when they were civilians where Kalleks brother died.

General Gordon, played by Howard Petrie, appears to have been based on General Patton, although Patton is also specifically mentioned in the film. Major General Frank Ross, who was in charge of the real Red Ball Express, acted as a technical adviser.

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Cast

  • Jeff Chandler - Lt. Chick Campbell
  • Alex Nicol - Sgt. Red Kallek
  • Charles Drake - Pvt. Ronald Partridge/narrator
  • Judith Braun - Joyce McClellan
  • Sidney Poitier - Cpl. Andrew Robertson
  • Jaqueline Duval - Antoinette Dubois
  • Bubber Johnson - Pvt. Taffy Smith
  • Davis Roberts - Pvt. Dave MCord
  • Hugh OBrian - Pvt. Wilson
  • Frank Chase - Pvt. Higgins
  • Cindy Garner - Kitty Walsh
  • Gregg Palmer - Tank Lieutenant
  • John Hudson - Tank Sergeant Max
  • Howard Petrie - Maj. Gen. Lee Gordon
  • Controversy

    Almost 75% of Red Ball Express drivers were African Americans, able-bodied soldiers who had been previously attached to various units for other duties. In the making of the film, Director Budd Boetticher claimed that:

    The army wouldn’t let us tell the truth about the black troops because the government figured they were expendable. Our government didn’t want to admit they were kamikaze pilots. They figured if one out of ten trucks got through, they’d save Patton and his tanks.

    References

    Red Ball Express (film) Wikipedia
    Red Ball Express (film) IMDb Red Ball Express (film) themoviedb.org


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