Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Silent Raiders (1954)

Director: Richard Bartlett

Starring: Richard Bartelett, Earle Lyon, Jeanette Bordeaux, Earl Hansen, Robert Knapp, Dean Fredericks, Frank Stanlow, Carl Swanstrom, Alexander J. Wells

More info: IMDb

Tagline: No one could silence their courage and gallantry!

Plot: A special unit is dispatched to Nazi-occupied territory just before the Normandy invasion in order to destroy a German communications center.

The Silent Raiders, the American Action/Adventure film by Richard Bartlett

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My rating: 5.5/10

Will I watch it again? No.

Low budget and sometimes silly, this picture is all about a commando unit and their mission on the eve of D-Day.  The characters are cookie cutter, the acting is sometimes pretty good but mostly average, the fight scenes are often clumsy and forget getting anything close to resembling a German accent.  The characters are supposed to be highly trained soldiers yet they spend nearly all of their time being boneheads, like high school kids.  But when it's time to go into action they're on it.  To hear them speak you'd think they wouldn't have barely made the cut just to be in the regular Army, much less a crack unit.  The best thing about this picture is it's an early score for the great Elmer Bernstein.  I guess it's a pretty good effort for everyone to have pulled this off on a reportedly $27k budget but I can't help it could have been better with a little more work that wouldn't have cost all that much more.  It's only an hour long so you're not in for much if you decide to give it a go.

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