12 Combat Classics Movies on DVD Set (.84 cents each) plus 61 Photos & Bio.
This Is the Army is a 1943 American wartime musical comedy film produced by Hal B. Wallis and Jack L. Warner, and directed by Michael Curtiz, adapted from a wartime stage musical with the same name, designed to boost morale in the U.S. during World War II, directed by Ezra Stone. The screenplay by Casey Robinson and Claude Binyon was based on the 1942 Broadway musical by Irving Berlin, who also composed the film's 19 songs and broke screen protocol by singing one of them. The movie features a large ensemble cast, including George Murphy, Ronald Reagan, Joan Leslie, Alan Hale, Sr. and Rosemary DeCamp, while both the stage play and film included soldiers of the U.S. Army who were actors and performers in civilian life.
Identity Unknown is a 1945 American film directed by Walter Colmes.
The story begins near the end of World War II in Europe. A soldier, suffering from amnesia, is on a hospital ship being helped by Major Williams, a medical doctor. The soldier was the only one of four infantrymen to survive when Nazi dive-bombers destroyed the farm house they were fighting the Germans from. The soldier and the U.S. Army do not know who he is. This is because when the four men's dog tags were found afterwards, they had been blown off their bodies, and the Army does not know which of the four the surviving soldier is.
The soldier, now calling himself Johnny March, decides to find his true identity. When the hospital ship comes into port, he decides to visit the homes of the four different soldiers to find out who he is. However, when he jumps off the train, on his way to an Army hospital, the Army believes he has deserted.
Private Johnny March looks up the first address on his list in Connecticut, and meets Sally, the widow of that soldier, with whom he becomes romantically involved. Since he wasn't her husband, March goes on to the next address in West Virginia.
Upon his arrival, a young boy, Toddy, welcomes him and believes it is his father who has come back. The misunderstanding is cleared up when the boy's babysitter arrives and demands to know who March is. Toddy is disappointed when he finds out that his father hasn't come home. But before he leaves March tells Toddy how his father died so that children could grow up in a free world.
March then goes on to Chicago, the next address, where he meets that soldier's brother, a younger man named Joe. Joe works in a bookie joint as a cashier. As they talk, a gangster named Rocks Donnelly enters and demands that Joe pays him $6,000. Joe explains to his boss and March that he stole the money from Rocks to win money to finance a college education. When another rivaling gangster arrives to the scene, there is a shoot-out between the gangsters. Joe is wounded as he takes the bullets meant for Rocks Donnelly.
March accompanies Joe to the hospital and Rocks comes to thank Joe for saving his life. It turns out Joe isn't interested in joining the mob, but wants to be a physician that his brother hoped to be. Donnelly offers to pay for his education.
Johnny attends Donnelly's celebration party that same night, and meets Wanda, Donnelly's girlfriend. After talking to March, Wanda realizes March is in love with another woman, and tells Johnny to call Sally and tell her. Sally tells Johnny to find his identity first, and then return to her to continue their relationship.
Johnny visits the last address on his list, the home of a soldier who lived on a farm in Iowa, but Peter's parents doesn't recognize him. They are about to sell their farm, after getting the news that their boy was killed in action. Before they can go through with the sale, March helps them realize the farm is where all their happy memories are, and the auction is stopped.
Sally calls, saying she has arrived at a nearby train station, and Johnny hurries over there. On the way, he is caught by the local sheriff for speeding and then by the military police for being AWOL. He is taken by the MPs to the Army hospital and the Army begin efforts to discover his identity.
Later Sally arrives and the doctors tell her that they now know who March really is, but he needs to discover it himself. After asking March a few questions, related to his pre-war career, March remembers he is Captain Charles Aldridge. He had not been one of the four in the farm house, but on a mission to try to drop them supplies. Charles and Sally are able to leave the camp together to start a new life.
Richard Arlen as Johnny March
Cheryl Walker as Sally MacGregor
Roger Pryor as Rocks Donnelly
Bobby Driscoll as Toddy Loring
Lola Lane as Wanda
Ian Keith as Major Williams
John Forrest as Joe Granowski
Sarah Padden as Mrs. Anderson
Forrest Taylor as Mr. Anderson
Frank Marlowe as Frankie
Harry Tyler as Harry Parker
Nelson Leigh as Colonel F. A. Marlin
Charles Williams as Auctioneer
Charles Jordan as Needles, Rocks' Henchman
Dick Scott as Spike, Rocks' Henchman
Marjorie Manners as Nurse
Eddie Baker as Motorcycle Cop
Kansas Pacific is a 1953 U.S. Cinecolor Western film released by Allied Artists Pictures and directed by Ray Nazarro. It stars Sterling Hayden and Eve Miller. The film offers a fictionalized account of the struggle to build the Kansas Pacific Railway in the 1860s just prior to the American Civil War. In the film the building of the railroad in Kansas is opposed by sympathizers of the Confederacy.
General Winfield Scott sends a Corps of Engineers captain (Hayden) incognito to complete the railroad in order to supply western outposts when the anticipated war starts. Opposing the railway is Confederate William Quantrill (Reed Hadley), whose mission is to stop or delay the railway from being completed.
Lady from Chungking is a 1942 American war film. In World War II, Chinese guerrillas fight against the occupying Japanese forces. A young woman is the secret leader of the villagers, who plot to rescue two downed Flying Tigers pilots who are currently in the custody of the Japanese. The rescue mission takes on even more importance with the arrival of a Japanese general, which signals a major offensive taking place in the area.
Anna May Wong – Kwan Mei
Harold Huber – General Kaimura
Mae Clarke – Lavara
Rick Vallin – Rodney Carr
Paul Bryar – Pat O'Roulke
Ted Hecht – Lieutenant Shimoto
Ludwig Donath – Hans Gruber
James B. Leong – Chen
Archie Got – Mochow
Walter Soo Hoo – Lu-Chi
The Big Lift is a 1950 drama film shot in black-and-white on location in the city of Berlin, Germany, that tells the story of "Operation Vittles", the 1948–1949 Berlin Airlift, through the experiences of two U.S. Air Force sergeants (played by Montgomery Clift and Paul Douglas).
The film was directed and written by George Seaton, and was released April 26, 1950, less than one year after the Soviet blockade of Berlin was lifted and airlift operations ceased. Because the film was shot in Berlin in 1949, as well as using newsreel footage of the actual airlift, it provides a contemporary glimpse of the post-war state of the city as its people struggled to recover from the devastation wrought by World War II.
Borchers and Clift in the film
Montgomery Clift as T/Sgt. Danny MacCullough
Paul Douglas as M/Sgt. Hank Kowalski
Cornell Borchers as Frederica Burkhardt
Bruni Löbel as Gerda
O.E. Hasse as Stieber
They Raid by Night is a 1942 American low-budget World War II film from Producers Releasing Corporation, directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet.
The story follows the insertion of British Commandos into Norway to rescue a Norwegian general from captivity and take him to the United Kingdom to lead the Free Norwegian Forces.
The film opens with the execution of a British spy who was sent to support partisan activities. A small team is assembled which consists of Capt. Robert Owen, a Canadian, Sgt. Harry Hall, a Briton and a Norwegian called Lt. Erik Falken. The team parachutes in and soon after arriving Falken is recognised by a local woman who reports them to her German lover and Dalberg, a Quisling. A team is sent to capture them but after they overpower their captors and free the general from the prison camp they are soon being pursued by the German authorities.
Once on the road in a captured German car they are attacked and forced to take shelter after Heden is hurt. They send Falken to get assistance from a doctor but he is betrayed once again by the same woman whom he had known when growing up in his hometown. The Germans take Falken alive and, pretending to be the doctor they requested, capture Owen near the house they are hiding in. Hall manages to keep Heden in safety in the house.
Owen misleads the Germans about their escape plans and after the Germans have realised their mistake they are surprised to find that the two prisoners have been freed by Dalberg. Owen and Falken manages to return to Hall and Heden and the party moves off to rendezvous with the incoming commandos and Royal Navy boats.
The film includes real footage from British Commando raids on German occupying forces in Norway in March and December of 1941.
Lyle Talbot as Capt. Robert Owen
June Duprez as Inga Beckering
Victor Varconi as Col. Otto von Ritter
George N. Neise as Lt. Erik Falken
Charley Rogers as Sgt. Harry Hall
Paul Baratoff as General Heden
Leslie Denison as Capt. Ralph Deane
Crane Whitley as Doctor
Sven Hugo Borg as Dalberg
Eric Wilton as General Lloyd
Pierce Lyden as Braun, Ritter's Aide
John Beck as Mr. Sandling, Beggar
Robert Fischer as Major Von Memel
Sigfrid Tor as German Lieutenant
Brian O'Hara as Lammet, Radio Broadcaster
'Snub' Pollard as Bertie, Messenger / Orderly
Bruce Kellogg as Sentry
The Torch (Spanish: Del odio nace el amor, meaning "love is born from hate") is a 1950 Mexican / American film directed by Emilio Fernández. The film is a lesser remake of Enamorada (1946) which starred María Félix and Pedro Armendáriz. The film is also known as Bandit General in the United Kingdom.
Paulette Goddard as María Dolores Penafiel
Pedro Armendáriz as José Juan Reyes
Gilbert Roland as Father Sierra
Walter Reed as Robert Stanley
Julio Villarreal as Don Carlos Penafiel
Carlos Múzquiz as Fidel Bernal
Margarito Luna as Capt. Bocanegra
José Torvay as Capt. Quiñones
Pascual García Peña as Don Apolinio
Antonia Daneem as Adeli
Novie Alicog as cloepetra
Yellowneck is a 1955 adventure drama war film directed by R. John Hugh starring Lin McCarthy, Stephen Courtleigh, Berry Kroeger and Harold Gordon. that told the story of five deserters from the Confederate Army who make their way past the Everglades and angry Seminole Indians, in an attempt to get to the Florida coast and then to Cuba.
The film was made in Trucolor and released by Republic Pictures. The title refers to a Confederate word for a deserter.
This story centers on five "Yellownecks" , deserters of the Confederate Army, who plan to escape to Cuba.
1955 Color 73 Minutes
Lin McCarthy as The Sergeant
Stephen Courtleigh as The Colonel
Berry Kroeger as Plunkett
Harold Gordon as Cockney
Bill Mason as The Kid
Al Tamez as Seminole
Jose Billie as Dead body
Roy Nash Osceola as Seminole
Hitler's SS: Portrait in Evil is a 1985 American made-for-television war drama film about two German brothers, Helmut and Karl Hoffmann, and the paths they take during the Nazi regime. The movie was directed by Jim Goddard and starred John Shea, Bill Nighy, Tony Randall, David Warner and John Woodnutt. The film shows Karl, who was originally enthusiastic about the Nazi Party, becoming disillusioned and Helmut, who was at first wary of the Nazi Party, joining the Schutzstaffel (SS) and later being an accomplice to war crimes.
Apart from Adolf Hitler (played by actor Colin Jeavons), several historical figures in the SA and the SS appear in the film. These include:
Reinhard Heydrich (played by David Warner)
Ernst Röhm (played by Michael Elphick)
Heinrich Himmler (played by John Normington)
Theodor Eicke (played by Derek Newark)
Sepp Dietrich (played by Bernard Lloyd)
Viktor Lutze (played by John Dicks)
The character of SA-Gruppenführer Josef Biegler (played by actor Paul Brooke) was a composite of several real life SA generals and not based on any one particular person. David Warner, who played Heydrich, originally played the SS general in the 1978 TV miniseries Holocaust.
The Marines Are Coming is a 1934 American film directed by David Howard. It was the final film acting role of William Haines who had a major success in the 1928 film Tell it to the Marines.
A brash marine is assigned to a new post which is now under the command of his former rival. The marine falls in love with his commanding officer's fiancée and romances her away from him. The day before their wedding, the fiancée calls it off after the marine is involved with an incident in Tijuana. The fiancée leaves for Central America to join her father, who is a diplomat, and the disgraced marine quits but re-enlists as a private. Assigned to a post in Central America, the marine discovers he must rescue his rival, who has been captured by the rebels plotting to overthrow the territorial governor, her former fiancée's father.
William Haines as Lt. William "Wild Bill" Traylor
Conrad Nagel as Capt. Edward "Ned" Benton
Esther Ralston as Dorothy Manning
Armida as Rosita Hernández Consuelo Ibera y Buenaventura
Edgar Kennedy as Sgt. Buck Martin
Hale Hamilton as Colonel Gilroy
Submarine Base is a 1943 American film directed by Albert H. Kelley for Producers Releasing Corporation. The working title was Raiders of the Pacific.
Ship engineer Jim Taggert is rescued from a torpedoed tramp steamer by Joe Morgan, an American gangster that found New York too hot for him, and has become a fisherman operating from an out-of-the-way island off of the coast of South America. Morgan makes his headquarters at the Halfway House run by the parents of Maria Styx as a bar and dance resort catering to the planters and traders of the island. Taggert finds himself practically a prisoner along with a group of American girls acting as entertainers at the resort. Taggert shadows Morgan in his activities in a remote cove and finds that Morgan is supplying German U-boat commanders with torpedoes, but does not know that Morgan has rigged the torpedoes with clock devices that explode when at sea and sinks the U-boats.
John Litel as James Xavier "Jim" Taggart
Alan Baxter as Joe Morgan
Eric Blore as Spike, Morgan's aide
Georges Metaxa as Nazi Agent Anton Kroll
George Flaherty as David Cavanaugh
Rafael Storm as Felipo
Fifi D'Orsay as Maria Styx
Iris Adrian as Dorothy
Jacqueline Dalya as Judy Pierson
Anna Demetrio as Angela Styx
Luis Alberni as Mr. Styx
Lucien Prival as German Submarine Captain Mueller
Minesweeper is a 1943 American film directed by William A. Berke, and stars Richard Arlen, Jean Parker and Russell Hayden. The film is a fictional account of a former navy deserter who returns to duty after the attack on Pearl Harbor, under an assumed name as a sailor aboard a minesweeper in World War II.
Lt. Richard Houston (Richard Arlen) is an officer in the U.S. Navy who deserted during peacetime service to escape gambling debts, and took up life as a hobo. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor spurs him to rejoin the Navy under the assumed name of Jim "Tennessee" Smith. Houston is assigned to serve aboard a minesweeper, where he carries out numerous successful efforts to defuse mines in the San Diego harbor while struggling to keep his identity secret.
Complicating matters, Houston gets involved in a love triangle, competing with Seaman Elliot Nash (Russell Hayden) for the affections of Mary Smith (Jean Parker), niece of Chief Petty Officer "Fixit" Smith (Guinn "Big Boy" Williams), who has taken a liking to Houston. Later, while gambling, Houston overstays his shore leave and Smith, having taken over his position, is killed by a mine.
Confessing to Mary that he was out gambling to get the money to buy an engagement ring, Houston is crestfallen that by being AWOL, he was responsible for the death of his friend. Houston nearly deserts again, but instead returns to his base to take on one last mission. Reporting back to duty and finding that his immediate superior, Lt. Ralph Gilpin (Frank Fenton), has discovered his true identity. Nonetheless, even as a "prisoner-at-large", Houston volunteers to help clear the shipping lanes of mines to ensure a troop ship can safely leave the harbor to join a convoy off to the Pacific.
When Houston and Nash dive in San Diego harbor to find a Japanese mine, the two divers see that the mine reacts to the sound of an aircraft overhead, beginning to rise from its tethered location as the sound waves reach it. Nash relays the information to Lt. Gilpin on the diving launch, but Houston cuts Nash's oxygen line, forcing the crew on the diving launch to pull him up to safety. Operating on his own, Houston attempts to open the control panel when the mine explodes, killing him. On board the diving launch, Nash tells the crew that Houston was a true hero.
Giplin realizes that he can counter the threat of the mines by flying aircraft low over the water where they can be blown up after they rise to the surface. Looking at the cable he received about the deserter, he tears it up and drops it overboard.
A Consolidated PBY Catalina flying boat flying at low level triggers the release of the acoustically sensitive mines in San Diego harbor, allowing the minesweepers to blow up each mine. As the operation finishes, the Secretary of the Navy sends a message indicating that the Navy and Marine Corps Medal has been posthumously bestowed on Gunner's Mate First Class James Smith, United States Naval Reserve.
Richard Arlen as Richard Houston - posing as Jim "Tennessee" Smith
Jean Parker as Mary Smith
Russell Hayden as Seaman Elliot Nash
Guinn "Big Boy" Williams as CPO Ichabod Ferdinand "Fixit" Smith
Emma Dunn as Mom Smith
Charles D. Brown as Commander Lane
Frank Fenton as Lt. Ralph Gilpin
Chick Chandler as Seaman "Corny" Welch
Douglas Fowley as Cutter Lieutenant Wells
Billy Nelson as Bos'un "Freshwater" Heims
Grant Withers as CPO Gregg, In Charge of Diving Crew
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