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The Red Beret

  • Drama
  • 1953
  • Terence Young
  • 84 mins
  • PG

Summary

Second World War drama starring Alan Ladd and Leo Genn. An American army officer resigns his commission following a colleague's death for which he feels responsible. He travels to Britain and, pretending to be Canadian, joins the Red Berets. But his commanding officer soon becomes suspicious of his new recruit's exceptional skills.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Canada MacKendrickAlan Ladd
Major SnowLeo Genn
Penny GardnerSusan Stephen
RSMHarry Andrews
TaffyDonald Houston
General WhitingAnthony Bushell
FlashPatric Doonan
BretonStanley Baker
PinkyLana Morris
RupertTim Turner
DawesMichael Kelly (1)
The PoleAnton Diffring
AlfThomas Heathcote

Crew

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DirectorTerence Young

Details

Theatrical distributor
Columbia Picture Corp. Ltd
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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