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
Action & Adventure , Drama
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Stuart Whitman
as Hank Bishop
James Garner
as Col. William Orlando Darby
Murray Hamilton
as Sims Delancey
Jack Warden
as MSgt. Saul Rosen / Narrator
Torin Thatcher
as Sgt. McTavish
Reginald Owen
as Sir Arthur
Corey Allen
as Tony Sutherland
Adam Williams
as Heavy Hall
Raymond Bailey
as Maj. Gen. Wise
Peter Brown
as Rollo Burns
Frieda Inescort
as Lady Hollister
Etchika Choureau
as Angelina De Lotta / Dittmann
Andrea King
as Sheilah Andrews
Venetia Stevenson
as Peggy McTavish
Philip Tonge
as John Andrews
William Wellman Jr.
as Eli Clatworthy
Edward Ashley
as Lt. Manson
Edward Byrnes
as Lt. Arnold Dittman
Joan Elan
as Wendy Hollister
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.

Full Review… | June 19, 2011
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

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This is a Great War movie, if you like war movies this movie needs to be added to your collection. James Gardner did an outstanding job portraying Colonel Darby. It shows what the soldiers had to go through to become a ranger, and all the different types of training and skills to be a Ranger.


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