Twelve criminals are recruited to form a special unit tasked with taking out the German high command during World War II. Can Major Reisman get these murderers, psychopaths and general malcontents in shape in time to complete the mission? And why in the heck would they let Maggot be a part of this group? This group of dirty, stinky, rotten troops who for the most part are totally redeemed by the end of the film.
Bob and I kick off the episode with a special mention for Nunnally Johnson one of the screenwriters for the movie, along with many many many other films including “The Grapes Of Wrath”. Nunnally Johnson did yeomans’ work for over 30 years in Hollywood and he doesn’t get nearly enough credit. So Bob and I give him some!
Next week it’s a fun one as we see just how unsinkable Molly is in “The Unsinkable Molly Brown”.
Then we head into our four movie sci-fi extravaganza starting with “The Planet Of The Apes”. You’ll want to hang around for that one if only to hear the immortal line “Take your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape!”
Here’s a link to the IMDB page for “The Dirty Dozen”
Here’s a link to the IMDB page for “The Unsinkable Molly Brown”
Here’s a link to the IMDB page for “The Planet Of The Apes”
Here’s a link to Amazon for Nunnally Johnson’s book of letters. There’s actually not much there to see, but I’m including it anyway.
And here’s a link to the transcript of the 23 hours of interviews conducted with Nunnally Johnson in the late 1960’s. There’s a TON of information here. You may lose an hour or two.