Paratrooper (1953)

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In 1940, an American claiming to be Canadian volunteers for the British Army's paratroop school.


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30 December 2006 | tloveridge-2
Leo Genn's character
The character of Maj Snow is based upon John Frost - the same character played by Anthony Hopkins in A Bridge Too Far. John Frost's paras were those involved in the Bruneval Raid and the drop into North Africa depicted in The Red Beret and were the ones attempting to hold the bridge at Arnhem, depicted in A Bridge Too Far. The film is normally shown in its American version under the title "Paratrooper" This was likely done because in the 1950's few Americans would have understood the significance of a "Red Beret" despite the emphasis given to its presentation during the film. The brief battle scenes depicting the assault on the radar station at Bruneval were also considered authentic enough, at the time, to be used as training films for urban combat.

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