Suicide Battalion

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.[1][3]

Suicide Battalion
Original film poster by Albert Kallis
Directed byEdward L. Cahn
Produced byLou Rusoff
executive
Samuel Z. Arkoff
James H. Nicholson
Written byLou Rusoff
Based onstory by Rusoff
StarringMike Connors
John Ashley
Music byRonald Stein
CinematographyFloyd Crosby
Edited byRobert S. Eisen
Production
company
Zuma Productions[1]
Distributed byAIP (US)
Anglo-Amalgamated (UK)
Release date
  • February 28, 1958 (1958-02-28) (US[1])
Running time
79 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$100,000 est.[2]

American International Pictures originally released it as a double feature with Jet Attack.[4]

Premise

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.

Main cast

Production

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.[5]

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.[6] Denning ended up not appearing in the film either, which was not made until late 1957.

Filming began on 12 November 1957.[7] Star John Ashley was doing a six-month stint in the army at the time. The producers got him an early release to make the movie.[8]

Reception

"A very poor man's half-Naked half-dead" wrote the Los Angeles Times. "The good basic idea is hopelessly messed up with tritisms."[9] Jackie Joseph called it "this B minus war movie."[10]

See also

References

  1. AIF Database: Suicide Battalion Linked 2014-06-24
  2. Lamont, John (1990). "The John Ashley Filmography". Trash Compactor (Volume 2 No. 5 ed.). p. 26.
  3. Drama: Betta St. John Beguiles Tarzan; Hayden Bedded; Actor Set for Five Years Scheuer, Philip K. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 28 Nov 1955: A11.
  4. SUICIDE BATTALION. (1958, Monthly Film Bulletin, 25, 78. Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/1305819789
  5. Scheuer, P. K. (1955, Nov 28). Drama. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/166867337
  6. Schallert, E. (1956, Apr 11). Drama. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/166927373
  7. Schallert, E. (1957, Nov 06). Unique shaw play slated. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/167138746
  8. George Pal to Delve Into Space Again; Akim Tamiroff Aids 'Colonel' Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 23 Oct 1957: B11.
  9. Stinson, C. (1958, Mar 20). War films lacking realism. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/167237389
  10. Weaver, Tom (2004). Science Fiction and Fantasy Film Flashbacks: Conversations with 24 Actors, Writers, Producers and Directors from the Golden Age. McFarland. p. 190. ISBN 9780786420704.
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