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The Tanks Are Coming (1951)

An American tank crew fights its way into Germany in World War II.

Director:

Lewis Seiler

Writers:

Robert Hardy Andrews (screenplay), Samuel Fuller (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Steve Cochran ... Francis Aloysius 'Sully' Sullivan
Philip Carey ... Lt. Rawson
Mari Aldon ... Patricia Kane
Paul Picerni ... Danny Kolowicz
Harry Bellaver ... Sgt. Lemchek
James Dobson James Dobson ... Pfc. George 'Ike' Eisenhower
George O'Hanlon ... Sgt. Tucker
John McGuire ... Col. Matthews
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Storyline

During the second-half of 1944, various Allied units stationed in Belgium attempt to smash their way through the tough German defenses at the Siegfried Line. If successful, the way to Germany is wide-open. One of these units is the American 3rd Armored Division. The film's story concerns a particular five-tank platoon, commanded by Lt. Rawson, the best platoon in Captain Bob Horner's Company C. During an ambush, the lead tank, California Jane, commanded by Master Sgt. Joe Davis, is seriously damaged by a German Panther tank. Davis is severely wounded and his driver is killed. Soon after, a replacement sergeant takes over Davis' role. However, the new man, staff sergeant Francis Aloysius Sullivan is cocky, heartless and tactless. His behavior frustrates both his men and his superiors. Many suspect that Sullivan is a show-off, and eager for an aggressive combat style in order to receive promotions, medals and praises. Some of the other men in the platoon are Danny Kolowicz, Sgt. Lemchek... Written by nufs68

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The Happy, Scrappy Story of those Hit-'Em-First Heroes!

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Action | Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les tanks arrivent See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Knox, Kentucky, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In all of his films, Samuel Fuller--who wrote the story for this film, but not the screenplay--has a character named "Lemcheck". In this film it's a sergeant, played by Harry Bellaver. See more »

Goofs

Before the tanks move out at the beginning of the film. Lemchek is working on the tank with tools spread all over the rear deck and engine compartment. The commanding officer gives the order to pull out with no mention of the work or gathering the tools. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Family Viewing (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

The Washington Post
(uncredited)
Music by John Philip Sousa
Played when the tanks roll into Mons
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These reviews are,IMHO..... VERY charitable!!!
26 May 2015 | by roger-604See all my reviews

While this movie was a fairly non-objectionable way to kill 90 minutes since nothing else was really on, I have to say that most of the acting was pure HAM! I was even laughing out-loud as Marconi was gasping and wheezing (for dramatic effect, I suppose) during the radioing-in of the coordinate information for the artillery barrage. Then there was Sullivan's on then off again hayseed accent and mispronunciation of words. There's the fact that MAJORITY of the equipment (tanks and assorted vehicles) that are period incorrect. The blatant insubordination of just about everybody to their superiors. The miraculous overnight (literally) transformation of Sgt. Sullivan from reckless and abusive horse's arse to everyone's buddy and "stand-up" tank commander. Let's not forget the clips of actual scratched and grainy WWII battle footage that was spliced (without ANY attempt of matching whatsoever) together with the newly filmed footage. The terrain of Fort Knox and surrounding areas of Kentucky used as various locations in Germany again without any serious attempt of blending/matching to real European terrain. There was even a bright and sparkly 1950's style concrete and steel overpass in one shot. And the list just goes on. Now.... like I said, It wasn't a hideous movie. At least there were cool tank battles to watch but the acting! Eeeegads!!! Overall I'd say this reminded me of a cheesy 1950's B-grade sci-fi movie (fun but unbelievable) except the subject was American WWII tankers. Anyway...... that's just one guy's opinion, of course! :^)


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