Breakthrough (1950 film)

Breakthrough was a 1950 film starring John Agar about an American infantry unit in World War II. Approximately one-third of the film was assembled from preexisting footage.[3]

Breakthrough
Original film poster
Directed byLewis Seiler
Produced byBryan Foy
Written byJoseph Breen Jr
Bernard Girard
Ted Sherdeman
StarringJohn Agar
David Brian
Frank Lovejoy
Narrated byFrank Lovejoy
Music byWilliam Lava
CinematographyEdwin DuPar
Edited byFolmar Blangsted
Production
company
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • November 17, 1950 (1950-11-17)
Running time
91 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$784,000[1]
Box office$3,015,000[1]
$1,900,000 (US rentals)[2]

Plot

Captain Hale (David Brian) leads a company of infantrymen from the 1st Infantry Division from the D-Day landings through the Normandy campaign. They resent the presence of a fresh lieutenant Joe Mallory (John Agar).[4]

Cast

Notes

The picture makes use of official U.S. and British Army Air Force and Navy films, as well as captured German footage. Other scenes were filmed on location at Fort Ord near Monterey, California.[5]

Reception

The film was very profitable, earning $2,095,000 domestically and $920,000 foreign.[1]

References

  1. Warner Bros financial information in The William Shaefer Ledger. See Appendix 1, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, (1995) 15:sup1, 1-31 p 31 DOI: 10.1080/01439689508604551
  2. 'The Top Box Office Hits of 1950', Variety, January 3, 1951
  3. Richard Harland Smith, 'Breakthrough', Turner Classic Movies accessed May 17, 2012
  4. http://www.allmovie.com/movie/breakthrough-v85921
  5. http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/69632/Breakthrough/notes.html
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