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Darby's Rangers (1958)

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James Garner stars as WWII hero Major William Darby in this characteristically gusty William Wellman combat film. Darby organizes a highly-trained group of rangers, to be deployed in behind-the-lines activities in Italy and Northern Africa. The first portion of the film details the training, with time out for a few comic and romantic interludes; the second part shows Darby's Rangers in full, ferocious action. In addition to Garner, Warner Bros. used Darby's Rangers to spotlight another of its TV stars, Edd "Kookie" Byrnes; Bill Wellman Jr. also shows up in the supporting role of Eli Clatworthy. The film was adapted from the book by Major James Altieri. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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James Garner
as Col. William Orlando Darby
Jack Warden
as MSgt. Saul Rosen / Narrator
Etchika Choureau
as Angelina De Lotta / Dittmann
Edward Byrnes
as Lt. Arnold Dittman
Venetia Stevenson
as Peggy McTavish
Torin Thatcher
as Sgt. McTavish
Peter Brown
as Rollo Burns
Joan Elan
as Wendy Hollister
Corey Allen
as Tony Sutherland
Stuart Whitman
as Hank Bishop
Murray Hamilton
as Sims Delancey
William Wellman Jr.
as Eli Clatworthy
Andrea King
as Sheilah Andrews
Adam Williams
as Heavy Hall
Frieda Inescort
as Lady Hollister
Reginald Owen
as Sir Arthur
Philip Tonge
as John Andrews
Edward Ashley
as Lt. Manson
Raymond Bailey
as Maj. Gen. Wise
Willis B. Bouchey
as Brig. Gen. Truscott
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Never have I seen a military drama so done in by sex. It's not enough to say that romance is a recurring distraction in this film; it would be more accurate to describe the battle scenes as interrupting all the mush.

June 20, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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