10 user 2 critic

Parachute Battalion (1941)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 12 September 1941 (USA)
In this pre-Pearl Harbor recruiting poster, colonel's estranged son Bill Burke, football hero Donald Morse, and hillbilly Jeff Hollis enlist in the paratroopers. Their training at Fort ... See full summary »


Leslie Goodwins


John Twist (original screenplay), Hugh Fite (original screenplay) (as Major Hugh Fite Air Corps)

Watch Now

From $1.99 on Prime Video


Learn more

More Like This 

The Outlaw (1943)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Western legends Pat Garrett, Doc Holliday and Billy the Kid are played against each other over the law and the attentions of vivacious country vixen Rio McDonald.

Directors: Howard Hughes, Howard Hawks
Stars: Jack Buetel, Thomas Mitchell, Jane Russell
Big Jake (1971)
Certificate: GP Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In 1909, when John Fain's gang kidnaps Jacob McCandles' grandson and holds him for ransom, Big Jake sets out to rescue the boy.

Directors: George Sherman, John Wayne
Stars: John Wayne, Richard Boone, Maureen O'Hara
The Frogmen (1951)
Adventure | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The new commander of a Navy Underwater Demolition Team--nicknamed "Frogmen"--must earn the respect of the men in his unit, who are still grieving over the death of their former commander and resentful of the new one.

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Stars: Richard Widmark, Dana Andrews, Gary Merrill
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A soldier survives a bombing in which his three fellow soldiers were killed. When he recovers he discovers he has amnesia, and since his companions' bodies were burned beyond recognition, ... See full summary »

Director: Walter Colmes
Stars: Richard Arlen, Cheryl Walker, Roger Pryor
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Although she comes from an aristocratic family, beautiful Prudence Cathaway defies convention by joining the WAAFs and becoming romantically involved with an AWOL soldier.

Director: Anatole Litvak
Stars: Tyrone Power, Joan Fontaine, Thomas Mitchell
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

When the army insists on building a fort on Indian land, in defiance of a treaty, the warnings of a scout go unheeded.

Director: Lesley Selander
Stars: Rory Calhoun, Peggie Castle, Noah Beery Jr.
Dragonwyck (1946)
Drama | Thriller | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A simple Connecticut farm girl is recruited by a distant relative, an aristocratic patroon, to be governess to his young daughter in his Hudson Valley mansion.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Stars: Gene Tierney, Walter Huston, Vincent Price
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

After saving a tramp from suicide, a millionaire takes his clothing and disappears. Word is out that he will give a million dollars to anyone who is kind of a tramp.

Director: Walter Lang
Stars: Warner Baxter, Marjorie Weaver, Peter Lorre
Certificate: Passed Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Millioniare Curran, thinking his son too intellectual, sends him west to learn logging at one of his lumber camps. Unknown to his father, Grant Curan is a professional wrestler and easily ... See full summary »

Director: David Howard
Stars: George O'Brien, Beatrice Roberts, Willard Robertson
Red Sundown (1956)
Certificate: Passed Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A gunfighter takes a deputy sheriff job in a town caught in a feud between a powerful rancher and small farmers.

Director: Jack Arnold
Stars: Rory Calhoun, Martha Hyer, Dean Jagger
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A Marine officer tells his squad the story behind a bottle of liquor that he always keeps with him but never drinks from.

Director: Allan Dwan
Stars: John Payne, Mona Freeman, Peter Graves
Circus World (1964)
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

When circus proprietor Matt Masters decides to take his show on a European tour, it is beset by problems, while he searches for Lili, the mother of his adopted daughter, who disappeared years before.

Director: Henry Hathaway
Stars: John Wayne, Rita Hayworth, Claudia Cardinale


Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Preston ... Donald Morse
Nancy Kelly ... Kit Richards
Edmond O'Brien ... Bill Burke
Harry Carey ... Bill Richards
Buddy Ebsen ... Jeff Hollis
Paul Kelly ... Tex
Richard Cromwell ... Spence
Robert Barrat ... Col. Burke
Edward Fielding ... Chief of Infantry
Erville Alderson ... Pa Hollis
Selmer Jackson ... Thomas Morse
Grant Withers ... Captain
Jack Briggs ... Private
Walter Sande ... Medical Officer
Kathryn Sheldon Kathryn Sheldon ... Ma Hollis


In this pre-Pearl Harbor recruiting poster, colonel's estranged son Bill Burke, football hero Donald Morse, and hillbilly Jeff Hollis enlist in the paratroopers. Their training at Fort Benning, Georgia is followed in semi-documentary style, with time out for personal dramas and the romantic rivalry of Bill and Don over the sergeant's daughter. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


No wonder the boys got "jump fever" whenthey tackled Uncle Sam's most dangerous game! See more »


Drama | Romance


Approved | See all certifications »






Release Date:

12 September 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Batalhão de Paraquedas See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Benning, Georgia, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


Towards the end, the aircraft in which the two parachutists try to catch up with the rest of the battalion (in DC-2s), and which looks like a pregnant Harvard, is a North American O-10 observation aircraft. See more »


When the two parachutists land in the river their parachutes are not deployed but still packed. These are the jumpers main chutes, activated by the static line when jumping on command. These two jumpers, however were using their emergency chutes. The sergeant even tells Burke to remember to pull his ripcord. Therefore, the main chutes would normally remain packed. See more »

Crazy Credits

After the title and names of the eight featured players, the following statement appears in capital letters while the title song plays and we view the marching infantry: We gratefully acknowledge the splendid cooperation given by the officers and men of the 501st Parachute Battalion at Fort Benning, Ga., who actually made all the parachute jumps for this picture. See more »


Played by a bugler to awaken the recruits
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Curiously Light Hearted Propaganda Film
3 December 2012 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

It's debatable if this qualifies as a propaganda film as such . According to this website PARACHUTE BATTALION was released in September 1941 three months before Pearl Harbor . That said the winds of war had been blowing in America's direction for two years so Americans must have known it was coming and what better to raise morale than a patriotic flag waver showing good old American boys becoming airborne warriors ?

Actually this movie must have taken place in some alternative universe because while Western Europe had been conquered by Nazi Germany , Britain had been bombed and the Soviet Union was engaged in the first stages of a war of total annihilation with the Nazis the American response was to form a parachute battalion composed of drunks , small town hicks and football jocks

With all due respect to Simon Jack who has written an interesting review on this page it's impossible to take this film seriously now . In fact I'd be hard pressed to think anyone would have taken it seriously at the time ! From what I learned from PARACHUTE BATTALION jump school is composed of a senior citizen in his late 60s standing in front of some back projection telling a bunch of recruits who slouch around with their hands in their pockets how to jump out of a plane . It's easy to scoff at all this and The Hays Code was in full swing but there's very little that resembles realism . In fact it comes across as so light hearted and unrealistic you can't help wondering if it's a propaganda film that's been produced by the Germans !

3 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 10 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed