Parachute Battalion

  • 1941
  • Movie
  • NR
  • War

RKO was one of the last studios to realize war was imminent but finally caught up with the Hollywood propaganda films six months before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. This is a simplistic story about a group of Army trainees preparing for a parachute corps. Preston is an egotistical football hero who takes to jumping easily, O'Brien is the coward who learns...read more

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RKO was one of the last studios to realize war was imminent but finally caught up with the Hollywood propaganda films six months before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. This is a simplistic story about a group of Army trainees preparing for a parachute corps. Preston is an egotistical football

hero who takes to jumping easily, O'Brien is the coward who learns to change his ways, and Ebsen provides comic relief. Kelly is the romantic interest who finds her affections wavering between O'Brien and Preston. The real star of this film is the parachute footage. This was made with the

cooperation of the 501st Parachute Battalion at Fort Benning, Georgia, which performed all the jumps we see, from the folding of the chute to the leap from the plane. As a feature this was not much of a movie but as an educational piece there was a good deal to see. Cowriter Maj. Hugh Fite

belonged to the US Air Corps.

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