Suicide Battalion is a 1958 World War II film directed by Edward L. Cahn and starring Mike Connors and John Ashley, who made the film while on leave from the US Army. In 1968, it was remade for television by Larry Buchanan as Hell Raiders, which was the film's original working title.
Original film poster by Albert Kallis
|Directed by||Edward L. Cahn|
|Produced by||Lou Rusoff|
Samuel Z. Arkoff
James H. Nicholson
|Written by||Lou Rusoff|
|Based on||story by Rusoff|
|Music by||Ronald Stein|
|Edited by||Robert S. Eisen|
|Distributed by||AIP (US)|
The story takes place during World War II in the Philippines. A group of American soldiers are recruited for a dangerous mission to destroy an enemy base and keep strategic documents out of the reach of the invading Japanese army.
- Mike Connors as Major Matt McCormack
- John Ashley as Pvt. Tommy Novello
- Jewell Lain as Elizabeth Ann Mason
- Russ Bender as Sgt. Harry Donovan
- Bing Russell as Lt. Chet Hall
- Scott Peters as Pvt. Wally Zagorsky
- Walter Maslow as Pvt. Marty Green
- John McNamara as Colonel Craig
- Clifford Kawada asColonel Hiosho
- Bob Tetrick as Pvt Bill
- Marjorie Stapp as Beverly
- Jan Englund as Annette
- Isabel Cooley as Julie
- Hilo Hattie as Mama Lily
- Sammee Tong as Papa Lily
- Art Gilmore as Captain Hendry
- Jackie Joseph as Cho-Cho
The film was an original story by Lou Rusoff reportedly based on the capture of General William Dean during the Korean War. It was announced for production in November 1955 as Hell Raiders. It was to star Lance Fuller who had made Apache Woman for producer Alex Gordon and had signed a ten-film deal with AIP (or ARC as it was then known), to make two films a year for five years. Filming was to begin January 1956.
Filming was pushed back and Fuller did not make the movie. In April 1956 AIP announced that Richard Denning would star and that Edward L. Cahn would direct. Denning ended up not appearing in the film either, which was not made until late 1957.
"A very poor man's half-Naked half-dead" wrote the Los Angeles Times. "The good basic idea is hopelessly messed up with tritisms." Jackie Joseph called it "this B minus war movie."
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