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  • One of the things I love about old movies is the number of people who appear as extras who later appear in more prominent roles
  • One interesting note is that Richard Todd was actually one of the first British officers to land on D-day, role he later played in two movies, this one and the high budget 1962 movie The Longest Day where he played Major John Howard, an officer he actually met while on the beach during D-Day

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      The 1956 war movie about D-Day begins with the incredibly handsome lead actors Captain Brad Parker (Robert Taylor) and Lt. Colonel John Wynter (Richard Todd) standing on deck of a ship, while crossing the English Channel during the stormy crossing to land on D-Day. The movie spends most of its time in flashback filling in the love stories between Captain Brad Parker and Valerie Russell (played Dana Wynter) and the love story between Lt. Colonel John Wynter Valerie Russell, (also played by Dana Wynter). Yes, they are both in love with the same woman and it’s no wonder Dana Wynter is gorgeous and the star of many movies and television shows until 1993. She was also winner of the 1956 Golden Globe award for Most Promising Newcomer, an award she shared with Anita Ekberg.

      The movie is more a story about loneliness and love war can bring than it is


      about the violence of war. The three principles find themselves having to put their personal interests on the back burner in favor of the war effort. The combat action is limited, but the interpersonal action between Taylor and Wynter is extensive and romantic. During the movie Lt. Colonel Wynter discovers that Valerie has fallen in love with the married Captain Brad Parker. Although in love with Parker, she has her British “duty” to fulfill and leaves a party she attended with Parker to find him. Just before D-Day Valerie tells Parker that she has chosen Wynter. Shortly aftwards Wynter’s is named commander of the landing Parker is to make on D-Day. They recognize each other and force themselves to put the good of the war effort ahead of their own feelings. The romantic tensions resolves when one of the two men who love Valerie is killed on the beach during ...

      • the D-Day invasion. I leave the movie to tell you which one.

        One of the things I love about old movies is the number of people who appear as extras who later appear in more prominent roles. In “D-Day the Sixth of June” Jerry Paris, the guy who played Jerry Helper, Rob and Laura Petrie’s neighbor and dentist in the 1960’s “The Dick Van Dyke Show” is Parkers roommate and friend. Dabbs Greer plays Corporal Atkinson, although he is uncredited. Although he has appeared in more than two hundred and fifty movies and television shows, he is best known to many of us as the man who played Reverend Alden in Michael Landon’s television show “Little House on the Prairie.” Dabbs plays the driver for Lt. Colonel Alexander Trimmer (Edmond O’Brien). In one amusing scene he politely asks the colonel if it would be all right if he had a

        belt as well. Trimmer is fighting his own war, trying to best his personal rival.

        One interesting note is that Richard Todd was actually one of the first British officers to land on D-day, role he later played in two movies, this one and the high budget 1962 movie “The Longest Day” where he played Major John Howard, an officer he actually met while on the beach during D-Day. Robert Taylor had a career that spanned more than thirty-five years in both films and television including replacing United States President to-be Ronald Reagan as host of the television series “Death Valley Days” in 1966.

        The movie is based on the novel “The Sixth of June” by Lionel Shapiro, is filmed in color, and lasts for 106 minutes. This is a good movie, more of a romance than a war movie, but very enjoyable. I give the movie a B or 87%.




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