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A mismatched collection of conscripted civilians find training tough under Lieutenant Jim Perry (David Niven) and Sergeant Ned Fletcher (William Hartnell) when they are called up to replace an infantry battalion that had suffered casualties at Dunkirk. Original Story by Eric Ambler - Screenplay by Eric Ambler and Peter Ustinov - Directed by Carol Reed.

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  1. Eric Ambler

    Screenplay, Story

  2. Carol Reed


  3. Peter Ustinov


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  1. David Niven

    David Niven

    Lieutenant Jim Perry

  2. Stanley Holloway

    Stanley Holloway

    Pvt. Ted Brewer

  3. James Donald

    James Donald

    Pvt. Evans Lloyd

  4. John Laurie

    John Laurie

    Pvt. Luke

  5. Leslie Dwyer

    Leslie Dwyer

    Pvt. Sid Beck

  6. Hugh Burden

    Hugh Burden

    Pvt. Bill Parsons

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 55m

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Revenue -

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Release Information

  • June 3, 1945



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