Red Ball Express

Red Ball Express

Director: Budd Boetticher Cast: Jeff Chandler, Alex Nicol, Charles Drake

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Overview

Red Ball Express deals with the little-known activities of the U.S. Army Transportation Corps during WW II. It so happened that many of the Corps' most courageous drivers were black men, who otherwise would have been denied an opportunity for combat duty. Sidney Poitier plays Corporal Andrew Robinson, who resents his second-class-citizen status and chafes at the orders issued by his white commanding officer Lt. Chick Campbell (Jeff Chandler). Meanwhile, Campbell has his own cross to bear in the form of relentlessly hostile sergeant Ernest Kalek (Alex Nicol). All differences are conveniently forgotten in the climactic euphoria of providing ammunition for General Patton's tanks during the Allied push to Paris in 1944. Considered just another war picture in 1952, Red Ball Express has since taken on added stature by virtue of the presence of actor Sidney Poitier and director Budd Boetticher.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/31/2017
UPC: 0025192365850
Original Release: 1952
Source: Universal Mod
Time: 1:23:00
Sales rank: 18,084

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeff Chandler Lt. Chick Campbell
Alex Nicol Sgt. Ernest Kalleck
Charles Drake Pvt. Ronald Partridge
Judith Braun Joyce McClellan
Hugh O'Brian Pvt. Wilson
Jacqueline Duval Antoinette DuBois
Jack Kelly Pvt. John Heyman
Cindy Garner Kitty Walsh
Sidney Poitier Cpl. Andrew Robertson
Howard Petrie Gen. Gordon
John Hudson Tank Sergeant
Frank Chase Higgins
John M. Pickard Major
Richard Garland Actor
Jack Warden Actor
Robert A. Davis Pvt. Dave McCord
Gregg Palmer As Palmer Lee

Technical Credits
Budd Boetticher Director
Leslie I. Carey Sound/Sound Designer
Edward A. Curtiss Editor
Oliver Emert Set Decoration/Design
Russell A. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
Joseph E. Gershenson Musical Direction/Supervision
Maury Gertsman Cinematographer
John Michael Hayes Screenwriter
Bernard Herzbrun Art Director
Joe Lapis Sound/Sound Designer
Marcy Klauber Original Story
Richard H. Riedel Art Director
Aaron Rosenberg Producer
Bud Westmore Makeup

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