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Battleground (9-Nov-1949)

Director: William A. Wellman

Writer: Robert Pirosh

Musical Score: Lennie Hayton

Producer: Dore Schary

Keywords: Action/Adventure, WWII

An American infantry squad trapped in Bastogne fight both Germans and winter during the Battle of the Bulge. Shot in Culver City, but it genuinely feels like the Ardennes. Based on the experiences of screenwriter Robert Pirosh, formerly of the 101st Airborne. Won Oscars for Best Story and Screenplay, and Best Cinematography; received additional nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Editing.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Leon Ames
20-Jan-1902 12-Oct-1993 Character actor, a SAG founder
Herbert Anderson
30-Mar-1917 11-Jun-1994 Henry Mitchell on Dennis the Menace
James Arness
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Scotty Beckett
4-Oct-1929 10-May-1968 Child star train wreck
Denise Darcel
8-Sep-1925 23-Dec-2011 Vera Cruz
Douglas Fowley
30-May-1911 21-May-1998 Doc Holliday on TV's Wyatt Earp
John Hodiak
14-Apr-1914 19-Oct-1955 Lifeboat
Richard Jaeckel
10-Oct-1926 14-Jun-1997 Sometimes a Great Notion
Van Johnson
25-Aug-1916 12-Dec-2008 The Caine Mutiny
Ricardo Montalban
25-Nov-1920 14-Jan-2009 Roarke on Fantasy Island
George Murphy
4-Jul-1902 3-May-1992 Actor and US Senator from California
Marshall Thompson
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James Whitmore
1-Oct-1921 6-Feb-2009 Give 'em Hell, Harry!


Van Johnson   ...   Holley
John Hodiak   ...   Jarvess
Ricardo Montalban   ...   Roderigues
George Murphy   ...   Pop Stazak
Marshall Thompson   ...   Jim Layton
Jerome Courtland   ...   Abner Spudler
Don Taylor   ...   Standiferd
Bruce Cowling   ...   Wolowicz
James Whitmore   ...   Kinnie
Douglas Fowley   ...   Kipp Kippton
Leon Ames   ...   The Chaplain
Guy Anderson   ...   Hansan
Thomas E. Breen   ...   Doc
Denise Darcel   ...   Denise
Richard Jaeckel   ...   Bettis
James Arness   ...   Garby
Scotty Beckett   ...   William J. Hooper
Brett King   ...   Lt. Teiss


Review by Larry May (posted on 24-May-2005)

James Whitmore plays a great part as the tough sergent especially when they march out after being relieved from the lines. (I'm a retired airborne trooper myself.) This gives a good account of the airborne soldiers who were surrounded at the Battle of the Bulge.

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