Alan Ladd is the focus of this story based on the wartime raid on the German radar station at Bruneval. The raid was a combined services operation and the 2nd Battalion of the 1st Parachute Brigade was led by Major 'John Frost' (Major Snow). An RAF radar expert, Flight Sergeant C.W.H. Cox (Sergeant Box) accompanied the raiders to tell them what to take back to England.Written by
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During the operation, Flight Sgt. Box is repeatedly both called and referred to as "Sergeant." In reality, Flight Sergeant abbreviates to "Flight", not "Sergeant" and this is an error that no serviceman, much less an officer or RSM, would make. See more »
I'm sorry for the man who hears the pipes, and who wisnae born in Scotland.
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The exact quote is, "I'm sorry for the man who hears the pipes and who was na born in Scotland."
The 6/8 march (featured twice and played very smartly) is The Piobaireachd of Dhonald Dhu. It is a regimental duty tune used for "Minutes to the Commanding Officer's Parade."
Ladd's character tries to go for sexy-cool by being difficult and cocky. Sparse moments of unfunny wit, lots of silent suffering and his apparent difficulty reading are supposed to soften his character, but manage to come off as a bit psycho.
The Technicolor is a treat. Colors are so bright and sharp you would think it was colorized.
The supporting cast is phenomenal. Stanley Baker (Lt. John Chard in Zulu) has a brief, but important role. Harry Andrews is wonderfully over the top. Leo Gunn, the epitome of polish, is outstanding as always.
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