Synopsis: During the closing days of WWII, a National Guard Infantry Company is assigned the task of setting up artillery observation posts in a strategic area. Lieutenant Costa knows that Cooney is in command only because of 'connections' he had made state-side. Costa has serious doubts concerning Cooneys' ability to lead the group. When Cooney sends Costa and his men out, and refuses to re-enforce them, Costa swears revenge.
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Director(s): Robert Aldrich
Production: United Artists
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
107 min

lately. He's unofficer-like.

I'm sure you're mistaken, Captain.

John, you told the lieutenant

he was expected, didn't you?

Yes, sir. I told him this morning.


- Carry on, gentlemen. Corporal.

- Hey! Hi.

Erskine, Woodruff. Is this all?

You in a mind to play three-handed?

Costa's been held up.

I'm gonna put a torch under him now.

You do that, son.

And tell him I said

to bring plenty of money.

Yes, sir.

Well, Clyde! Glad you could get over!

Sure... Where's that bourbon

you were talkin' about?

Comin' right up.

You, uh, care for a little branch water?

You don't want me

to rust my plumbing, do you?

Pittsburgh, mon pre faisait a.

Oh? Il tait forgeron?

- Costa, where are you?

- I'm in here, Harry!

Yeah. Fabriquer...

Harry, how do you say "railroad tracks"?

- Des rails de chemin de fer.

- All right.

Des rails de chemin de fer.


Harry, meet Monsieur Bouisse.

Monsieur Bouisse, Lieutenant Woodruff.

Enchant. Enchant.

- This is his shop. It's nice, huh?

- Yeah. Look, you know what time it is?

Know how old this shop is? 500 years.

- It's been in his family all that time.

- I know, George Washington slept here.

Look, Joe, the colonel's here.

If we don't talk to him now,

we might not get another chance.

So he's here.

- All right, Jackson, take off.

- Yes, sir.

Don't worry about

little ol' Erskine Cooney.

- Sit down.

- Yeah.

- Well? Did you bring the letter?

- The letter?

- From my father.

- No, I'm sorry, I forgot.

- I left it up at headquarters.

- Oh... Well, that's all right.

Just that... he hasn't written to me

very much lately, and...

The judge's been busy,

what with elections coming.

Oh, yeah. I guess so.

But I reckon he'd be proud

if he could see me now.

Sure. You're a company commander

in the US Infantry.

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James Poe

James Poe (October 4, 1921 – January 24, 1980) was an American film and television screenwriter. He is best known for his work on the movies Around the World in 80 Days for which he jointly won an Academy Award in 1956, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Summer and Smoke, Lilies of the Field, and They Shoot Horses, Don't They?. He also worked as a writer on the radio shows Escape and Suspense, writing the scripts for some of their best episodes, most notably "Three Skeleton Key" and "The Present Tense", both of which starred Vincent Price. Poe was married to actress Barbara Steele from 1969 to 1978. more…

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