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Marcia o Crepa
File:COMMANDOfilm.JPG
US release film poster
Directed byFrank Wisbar
Written byWilliam Denby
Mino Guerrini
Milton Krims
Giuseppe Mangione
Frank Wisbar
Arturo Tofanelli(story)
Produced byWilly Zeyn
StarringStewart Granger
Dorian Gray
CinematographyCecilio Paniagua
Edited byMario Serandrei
Music byAngelo Francesco Lavagnino
Distributed byTempo Film (Italy)
American International Pictures (USA)
Release date
  • 1962 (1962) (Italy)
  • 1963 (1963) (UK)
  • 1964 (1964) (France, U.S.)
Running time
101 minutes
CountryBelgium, Spain, Italy, Germany
Box office977,460 admissions (France)[1]


Marcia o Crepa (March or Die) known as The Legion's Last Patrol in the UK and Commando in the US is a 1962 European (Italian, German, Spanish) co-production war film about the Algerian War of Independence. It was released in 1964 in the USA by American International Pictures on a double feature with Torpedo Bay/Beta Som.[2]

Cast[]

  • Stewart Granger : capitaine Leblanc
  • Dorian Gray : Nora
  • Fausto Tozzi : Brascia
  • Riccardo Garrone : Paolo
  • Carlos Casaravilla : Ben Bled
  • Ivo Garrani : Colonel Dionne
  • Alfredo Mayo : Mayor
  • Pablito Alonso : Arab Kid
  • Hans von Borsody : Fritz
  • Maurizio Arena : Dolce Vita
  • Dietmar Schönherr : Petit Prince
  • Peter Carsten : Barbarossa
  • Leo Anchóriz : Garcia

Plot and production[]

French Foreign Legion Captain Le Blanc (Stewart Granger) leads a section of his Legion parachutists to capture an FLN guerilla leader. Along the way they are joined by a prostitute (Dorian Gray) and an Arab child. Their mission is a success but when their escape helicopter is shot down they have to fight their way back to the French lines.

The theme music Concerto Disperato by Angelo Francesco Lavagnino became a top selling instrumental in Italy performed by Nini Rosso and in the UK with a cover version by Ken Thorne reaching #4.[3]

In the UK this film was shown at Odeon cinemas as part of a double feature with The Day of the Triffids.

References[]

  1. Box office information for Stewart Granger films in France at Box Office Story
  2. http://www.movieposter.com/poster/MPW-23214/Commando_and_Torpedo_Bay.html
  3. Warwick, Neal, Brown, Tony & Kutner, Jon The Complete Book of the British Charts: Singles and Albums 2004 Omnibus Press

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