The Red Beret

The Red Beret

Terence Young (1953)

U Certificate


Our Score
Alan Ladd was hot from Shane when he came to the UK to make this rip-roaring Second World War drama. Wags recall that a trench was dug at Shepperton for the action sequences, but the diminutive Ladd was too small to use it. However, the star does look cool in Technicolor, blue eyes blazing, and puts in an excellent performance as a guilt-racked American who joins the famous parachute battalion. He's well supported by British actors such as Leo Genn, Harry Andrews and Stanley Baker. An interesting note for film historians: this Warwick film was co-produced by "Cubby" Broccoli, co-written by Richard Maibaum and directed by Terence Young, the same team responsible for the first Bond movie, Dr No, nine years later.


A conscientious American with a troubled past signs up with British paratroops to do his bit for global justice in the early years of the Second World War - but his dark secret threatens to catch up with him. Action adventure, starring Alan Ladd, Susan Stephen and Leo Genn.

Cast & Crew

Canada MacKendrick Alan Ladd
Major Snow Leo Genn
Penny Gardner Susan Stephen
RSM Harry Andrews
Taffy Donald Houston
General Whiting Anthony Bushell
Flash Patric Doonan
Breton Stanley Baker
Pinky Lana Morris
Rupert Tim Turner
Dawes Michael Kelly (1)
The Pole Anton Diffring
Alf Thomas Heathcote
Director Terence Young
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia Picture Corp. LtdAvailable on: DVD