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Merrill's Marauders (16-Mar-1962)

Director: Samuel Fuller

Writers: Milton Sperling; Samuel Fuller

Based on a book: The Marauders by Charlton Ogburn, Jr.

Music: Howard Jackson

Producer: Milton Sperling

Keywords: Action/Adventure, WWII

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Claude Akins
25-May-1926 27-Jan-1994 Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo
Peter Brown
5-Oct-1935 21-Mar-2016 Deputy Johnny McKay in Lawman
Jeff Chandler
15-Dec-1918 17-Jun-1961 Broken Arrow
Andrew Duggan
28-Dec-1923 15-May-1988 Bourbon Street Beat
Ty Hardin
1-Jan-1930 3-Aug-2017 Bronco
John Hoyt
5-Oct-1905 15-Sep-1991 Attack of the Puppet People
Will Hutchins
5-May-1932   Sugarfoot


Jeff Chandler   ...   Brig. Gen. Frank Merrill
Ty Hardin   ...   Lt. Lee Stockton
Peter Brown   ...   Bullseye
Andrew Duggan   ...   Maj. George "Doc" Nemeny
Will Hutchins   ...   Chowhound
Claude Akins   ...   Sgt. Kolowicz
Luz Valdez   ...   Burmese Girl
John Hoyt   ...   Gen. Joseph Stilwell
Charles Briggs   ...   Muley
Chuck Roberson   ...   Officer
Chuck Hayward   ...   Officer
Jack C. Williams   ...   Medic
Chuck Hicks   ...   Doskis
Vaughan Wilson   ...   Lt. Col. Bannister
Pancho Magolona   ...   Taggy


Review by Rob J (posted on 23-Oct-2007)

Merrill's Marauders was the last appearance of film actor Jeff Chandler. Directed by Sam Fuller,this 1962 World War Two drama features Chandler who gives a convincing performance as world weary Frank Merrill who has to motivate his troops who are close to breaking point. Fuller was responsible for many fine movies made on a low budget, but this was one of the few times Hollywood granted a decent amount of money to him. Based on the real life exploits of Merrill's increasingly desparate men, Fuller shows the physical and mental torment that Merrill faced when he was told that his soldiers are forced to fight against a fearsome Japanese foe without respite. Unusally for a movie made in this period, a sequence where a soldier breaks down in tears when he is shown hospitality by some friendly villagers was probably a lot closer to the truth of real warfare as opposed to other gung ho films from the time frame. After all, Fuller DID fight in WW Two and had first hand experience of hand to hand fighting. Regrettably unavailable on DVD, it is well worth checking out.

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