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Von Ryan’s Express (TCF 1965, Frank Sinatra, Trevor Howard)

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Frank Sinatra stars in a WWII thriller as an American flier who leads the inmates of an Italian POW camp on a daring run for freedom in Switzerland. With the help of newly liberated Italians, the POWs commandeer a freight train heading north, and the Germans do their best to stop it. Great action sequences as Nazi planes make a last-ditch effort to halt the escape.

Von Ryan’s Express director Mark Robson had previously worked with Jacques Tourneur as an editor, collaborating on cult classics The Leopard Man (1943), I Walked with a Zombie (1943) and Cat People (1942).

Academy Award Nomination for Best Sound Effects Editing.

production details
USA | Twentieth Century Fox | 117 minutes | 1965

Director: Mark Robson
Producer: Saul David
Director of Photography: William Daniels
Editing: Dorothy Spencer
Music:Jerry Goldsmith
Script: Joseph Landon, Wendell Mayes
Art Direction: Jack Martin Smith

cast
Vito Scotti as Peppino, Italian Train Engineer
Michael Goodliffe as Captain Stein
Brad Dexter as Sergeant Bostick
Adolfo Celi as Battaglia
James Sikking as American POW
John Daheim as American POW
Frank Sinatra as Colonel Joseph L. Ryan
Trevor Howard as Major Eric Fincham
Raffaella Carrà as Gabriella
Sergio Fantoni as Captain Oriani
John Leyton as Lt. Orde
Edward Mulhare as Captain Costanzo
Wolfgang Preiss as Major Von Klemment
James Brolin as Private Ames
John van Dreelen as Colonel Gortz
Richard Bakalyan as Corporal Giannini
Michael St. Clair as Sergeant Major Dunbar
Ivan Triesault as Von Kleist
Ian Abercrombie as English POW
Jacques Stany as Gortz’s Aide
Robert ‘Buzz’ Henry as American POW

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