Home
What's New
Search Engine
Archives
Odyssey
Photo Gallery
Unit History
Unit Honors
TAPS
Voices Of Past
Association
How To Submit


Next

Recruitment Movie - 1941
501st P.I.R. GOES HOLLYWOOD
   In 1941, a documentary-style movie was filmed using the 501st Parachute Battalion at Fort Benning for the actual jump scenes.
   Starring Robert Preston, Nancy Kelly, Edmond O'Brien, Harry Carey, Jr. and Buddy Ebsen, the film devoted most of its footage to the classic story line  of "who gets the girl"?
   Nancy Kelly plays the daughter of a stereotypical grizzled sergeant who really has a warm heart once you get by the "tough guy" facade
PARACHUTE BATTALION
   Directed by Hugh Fite and John Twist, this documentary style film highlights the training of new recruits - a football star, a Colonel's son and a hillbilly (Buddy Ebsen, of course) who join the Army and train to be a part of the new and elite parachute corps.
   The story focuses on the rigors of their training, as well as the personal conflicts they must confront in order to succeed.
   Made with the cooperation of the 501st Parachute Battalion, Fort Benning.
The men of the 501st P.I.R. were filmed in all of the jump scenes.