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Paratrooper (1953)

The Red Beret (original title)
Approved | | Drama, War | 1 October 1953 (Japan)
In 1940, an American claiming to be Canadian volunteers for the British Army's paratroop school.

Director:

Terence Young

Writers:

Richard Maibaum (screenplay), Frank S. Nugent (screenplay) (as Frank Nugent) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Ladd ... Canada
Leo Genn ... Major Snow
Susan Stephen ... Penny Gardner
Harry Andrews ... R.S.M.
Donald Houston ... Taffy
Anthony Bushell ... General Whiting
Patric Doonan Patric Doonan ... Flash
Stanley Baker ... Breton
Lana Morris ... Pinky
Tim Turner ... Rupert
Michael Kelly Michael Kelly ... Dawes
Anton Diffring ... The Pole
Thomas Heathcote ... Alf
Carl Duering ... Rossi
John Boxer John Boxer ... Flight Sgt. Box
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Storyline

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 Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Taglines:

ALAN LADD At His Greatest - ripping your emotions with thrills! See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

1 October 1953 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Paratrooper See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$700,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,750,000, 31 December 1954

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,000,000, 31 December 1953
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Colour by) (Technicolor) (as Color by in U.S. print)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to the 2001 book 'Licence to Thrill: A Cultural History of the James Bond Films' by James Chapman, this movie grossed at the international box-office about US $ 8 million whilst its negative budget cost was around US $ 700,000. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

R.S.M.: I'm sorry for the man who hears the pipes, and who wisnae born in Scotland.
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Connections

Featured in Everything or Nothing (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

The Piobaireachd of Dhonald Dhu
(uncredited)
Traditional
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about those pipes...
29 December 2006 | by david_downmanSee all my reviews

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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