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Breakthrough (1950)

Approved | | Drama, War | 27 July 1951 (France)
An American infantry unit, from its pre-invasion training to combat in Europe.


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Joseph Breen (story), Bernard Girard | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Brian ... Capt. Tom Hale
John Agar ... Lt. Joe Mallory
Frank Lovejoy ... Sgt. Pete Bell
William Campbell ... Cpl. Danny Dominick (as Bill Campbell)
Paul Picerni ... Pvt. Edward P. Rojeck
Greg McClure ... Pvt. Frank Finley
Richard Monahan Richard Monahan ... Pvt. 'Four-Eff' Nelson
Edward Norris ... Sgt. Roy Henderson (as Eddie Norris)
Matt Willis ... Pvt. Jimbo Hollis
Dick Wesson ... Pvt. Sammy Hansen
Suzanne Dalbert ... Collette
William Self William Self ... Pvt. George Glasheen
Danny Arnold Danny Arnold ... Pvt. Rothman
Danni Sue Nolan ... Lt. Janis King
Howard Negley ... Lt. Col. John Lewis


1944. 2nd Lt Joe Mallory, fresh out of Officer Candidate School, takes command of a veteran platoon of the US 1st Infantry Division. The company commander, Captain Tom Hale, is the former commander of the platoon and a tough taskmaster. Luckily Mallory has a very capable and experienced platoon sergeant, Pete Bell. The allies will soon invade Nazi-occupied France and Mallory's leadership abilities will be tested to the limit. Written by grantss

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Release Date:

27 July 1951 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Le grand assaut See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Ord, California, USA


Box Office


$784,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Capt. Tom Hale: Nobody walked through Normandy, they crawled.
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A real mixed bag
10 June 2018 | by fekennedy22030See all my reviews

5 years after the war ended, it is under appreciated for it's strengths. Despite it formulaic plot, it does two things exceptionally well that very few other war flix do. First, it puts face on the OCS shavetail. The 90 day wonder was a necessary evil in protracted war but the results are often disastrous. Breakthrough does a nice job of following Agar from overstuffed newbie to battle tested leader. It's a best case scenario but it is also completely plausible because of the primacy of the selfless NCO. Second, it makes the necessity to protect personal sanity by reducing replacements to things. Good leader want to get close...great leaders understand they can't get to close...they may have to send them to their death.

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