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Thu, Feb 28


Heritage House Arts & Civic Center

SIDNEY POITIER and JEFF CHANDLER in RED BALL EXPRESS (Budd Boetticher, 1952)(matinee screening)

NORMANDY - AUGUST 1944: After the invasion of France and the breakout from the French 'bocage'-- the hedgerow country, Patton's Third Army has now advanced so far and so fast in its assault that it has run out of supplies. It's up to the Red Ball Express to get them moving again, no matter the cost.

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SIDNEY POITIER and JEFF CHANDLER in RED BALL EXPRESS (Budd Boetticher, 1952)(matinee screening)

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Feb 28, 2019, 2:00 PM – 3:45 PM

Heritage House Arts & Civic Center, 1428 Jenkins Rd, Chattanooga, TN 37421, USA

About the event

In honor of BLACK HISTORY MONTH, Heritage House proudly presents Budd Boetticher's RED BALL EXPRESS . . .

To maintain Patton's forward momentum in the bocage breakout of summer "44, Allied command establishes an elite military transport route -- THE RED BALL EXPRESS, whose trucks have priority over all other traffic on the road. The Red Ball Express is manned in large part by African-American soldiers, and it is a task they take none too lightly.

SIDNEY POITIER portrays one member of a racially integrated platoon of The Express who will encounter private enmities, bypassed enemy pockets, minefields, and increasingly perilous missions (all leavened by a touch of comedy) in his mission to speed supplies to the front lines.

Noted character actors HUGH O'BRIAN, ALEX NICOL and CHARLES DRAKE costar in this WWII epic from renowned Hollywood director BUDD BOETTICHER, best known for his classic Ranown westerns with actor RANDOLPH SCOTT in the 1950s. These included SEVEN MEN FROM NOW and THE TALL T.

(More on the Ranown series may be found at:

Boetticher's other westerns include COMANCHE STATION (1960), RIDE LONESOME (1959), and his semi-autobiographical film for Producer John Wayne, THE BULLFIGHTER & THE LADY (1951).

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