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Darby's Rangers (1958)

Approved | | Action, Drama, War | 8 April 1958 (Japan)
The lives, loves, and battles of fictional characters in the Army's First Ranger Battalion during WWII.

Director:

William A. Wellman

Writers:

Guy Trosper, James J. Altieri (suggested by the book) (as Major James Altieri)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Garner ... Col. William Orlando Darby
Etchika Choureau ... Angelina De Lotta / Dittmann
Jack Warden ... MSgt. Saul Rosen / Narrator
Edd Byrnes ... Lt. Arnold Dittman (as Edward Byrnes)
Venetia Stevenson ... Peggy McTavish
Torin Thatcher ... Sgt. McTavish
Peter Brown ... Pvt. / Cpl. Rollo Burns
Joan Elan ... Wendy Hollister
Corey Allen ... Pvt. Pittsburgh Tony Sutherland
Stuart Whitman ... Sgt. / SSgt. / Sfc. Hank Bishop
Murray Hamilton ... Pvt. / Sgt. Sims Delancey
William Wellman Jr. ... Pvt. Eli Clatworthy (as Bill Wellman Jr.)
Andrea King ... Mrs. Sheilah Andrews
Adam Williams ... Cpl. Heavy Hall
Frieda Inescort ... Lady Hollister
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Storyline

Highly fictionalized account of the formation of the US Army's First Ranger Battalion in World War II and their first commanding officer Major (later, Lieutenant-Colonel) Orlando Darby. The idea was to create a US unit along the lines of the British commandos. In this account, which focuses on several fictional characters, the story is initially on their training in Scotland and the lives and loves their encounter while there. Their first combat mission was in the invasion of North Africa in 1942, followed by the invasion of Sicily and then Italy itself, including the amphibious landing at Anzio. Written by garykmcd

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love | africa | major | italy | training | See All (73) »

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The picture that gets closer to a fighting man than any picture before - See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 1958 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

William A.Wellman's Darby's Rangers See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (theatrical release)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

At the end of the film it is mentioned that Darby was recalled to duty in Washington, D.C. Left out was that Darby returned to Italy as part of an inspection tour in 1945. When the deputy commander of the 10th Mountain Division was wounded Darby was assigned to replace him. Exactly a week later, and days before the war ended, Darby was killed by enemy artillery fire. See more »

Goofs

LTC Darby refers to West Point as "the point" while interviewing a new lieutenant from West Point. West Pointers do not EVER refer to West Point as "the point." Darby was class of '33. See more »

Quotes

Pvt. Rollo Burns: You know, I think war is a big stink.
Col. William Orlando Darby: A BIG stink!... There never was a good war - or an intelligent or kind one.
Col. William Orlando Darby: [Starts to get up] Rollo, we'll be haunted by the men we've killed as long as we live. When you've married Peggy, and you've looked in the faces of your children, you'll understand why it had to be done.
Pvt. Rollo Burns: Uh, sir? Thank you... for taking the time to talk to me.
Col. William Orlando Darby: [pauses at the door, faint smile on his face] I was talkin' to myself, too.
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Connections

Referenced in Los que no fuimos a la guerra (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 5, 1st Movement
(uncredited)
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Played briefly when the poster is shown
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A nice cast boosts the war drama
4 June 2002 | by buxSee all my reviews

Veteran Director Wellman guides the capable cast through all the usual war movie cliches and still manages to keep our interest. Scattered throughout the action are some nice cameos by then "up and coming" stars, and an especially nice bit done by Edd "Kooky" Brynes. This one is still fun.


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