Armored Command

Armored Command is a 1961 American war drama film directed by Byron Haskin and starring Howard Keel and Tina Louise. It was filmed in Hohenfels, Bavaria, but takes place in the Vosges Mountains during the Southern France campaign.[1]

Armored Command
Original film poster
Directed byByron Haskin
Produced byRon W. Alcorn
Written byR.W. Alcorn
StarringHoward Keel
CinematographyErnest Haller
Distributed byWarner Bros-Pathe
Release date
July 9, 1961
Running time
99 min.
CountryUnited States

"It was the one picture that Howard Keel didn't sing on," reminisced Burt Reynolds later. "That was a terrible mistake."[2]


The Germans use a female spy to infiltrate an American position to get information on the movement of troops at the height of the Ardennes offensive.



Ron Alcorn produced and directed the film and raised finance via Allied Artists.[3] Filming started 21 November 1960.[4]


The Los Angeles Times called the film "fairly good but it could have been better. A kind of poor man's Battleground."[5] The New York Times called it an "improbable little melodrama".[6]


Major General Daniel H. Hudelson (retired), who commanded the 40th California National Guard in Korea and fought in the Battle of the Bulge, sued Allied Artists and Ronald Alcorn for $350,000 alleging unauthorised use of his story ideas. He claimed in 1955 he sent a tape recording of his experiences in the Vosges Mountains in France to a film company, and said they used his ideas in the film. He claimed the film had earned profits of $1.5 million.[7][8]


  2. Workaholic Burt Reynolds sets up his next task: Light comedy Siskel, Gene. Chicago Tribune (1963-Current file) [Chicago, Ill] 28 Nov 1976: e2.
  3. Kovacs Latest Star Due to 'Go North': Mrs. Sessue 'Introduced'; 'Armored Commitand' Alerted Scheuer, Philip K. Los Angeles Times 2 May 1960: C11.
  4. Road Now Rejoices in Original Casts: Keaton Will Assemble Silents; 'Anastasia' Set as Musical Scheuer, Philip K. Los Angeles Times 28 Oct 1960: B9.
  5. 'Armored Command' Proves Fair War Drama Stinson, Charles. Los Angeles Times 30 Sep 1961: A9.
  6. Screen: Nazi Strategem: 'Armored Command' at Local Theatres Archer, Eugene. New York Times 7 Oct 1961: 14.
  7. General Sues Allied Artists Over Movie Los Angeles Times 4 July 1962: B6.
  8. General Sues Allied Artists Over Ideas Used for Movie Special to The New York Times.. New York Times 4 July 1962: 13.
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