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Red Ball Express (1952)

The Red Ball Express (original title)
Approved | | Action, Drama, War | 29 August 1952 (Finland)
Story of the military truck drivers who kept the Allied armies supplied in Europe during World War II.

Director:

Budd Boetticher

Writers:

John Michael Hayes (screenplay), Marcy Klauber (story) (as Marcel Klauber) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jeff Chandler ... Lt. Chick Campbell
Alex Nicol ... Sgt. Red Kallek
Charles Drake ... Pvt. Ronald Partridge / Narrator
Judith Braun Judith Braun ... Joyce McClellan
Sidney Poitier ... Robertson
Jacqueline Duval Jacqueline Duval ... Antoinette Dubois
Bubber Johnson Bubber Johnson ... Pvt. Taffy Smith
Davis Roberts ... Pvt. Dave McCord (as Robert Davis)
Hugh O'Brian ... Pvt. Wilson
Frank Chase Frank Chase ... Pvt. Higgins
Cindy Garner ... Kitty Walsh
Gregg Palmer ... Tank Lieutenant (as Palmer Lee)
John Hudson ... Tank Sergeant
Jack Kelly ... Heyman
Howard Petrie ... Maj. Gen. Lee Gordon
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Storyline

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. One (racially integrated) platoon of this Red Ball Express encounters private enmities, bypassed enemy pockets, minefields, and increasingly perilous missions, leavened by a touch of comedy. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Taglines:

FROM BEACHHEAD TO BATTLEFRONT! THEY CARRY THE AMMO FOR PATTON'S TANKS! (original print ad - all caps)

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Action | Drama | War

Certificate:

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Trivia

James Edwards was originally cast in the role of Robertson, but was fired during production when he refused to testify before HUAC. He was replaced by Sidney Poitier. See more »

Goofs

The real Red Ball Express operated two separate roads for traffic (one going to the front and one for returning empty) Two-way traffic on a single road, as shown in the film , never occurred. See more »

Crazy Credits

No credits besides the title, seven minutes in the film. See more »

Connections

Featured in Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That (2005) See more »

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Goofs?
26 February 2019 | by tsnyunt-179-220364See all my reviews

Some clown said that blacks were expendable and used for dangerous routes. Yeah combat isn't dangerous? It was a segregated Army in 1944. This 1952 movie with an integrated and respectful cast is pretty damn revolutionary.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

29 August 1952 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Red Ball Express See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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