The young lady who plays the resistance fighter at the railroad bridge was Zanuck's mistress. You'll see her in many of his films. Even he admitted she couldn't act at all.BACK-STORY - The Longest Day
“The Longest Day” is the granddaddy of the war movie epics. Its progeny include “A Bridge Too Far”, “The Battle of the Bulge”, “Battle of Britain”, etc. It was a labor of love for famed producer Darryl Zanuck who purchased the rights to Cornelius Ryan’s bestseller. Zanuck got multinational cooperation and brought in a international cast. At $10 million, it was the most expensive black and white film until “Schindler’s List”. Zanuck used several directors and was very hands-on. He insisted on shooting at the actual locations whenever possible which included Ste. Mere Eglise, Pointe du Hoc, and Pegasus Bridge. The Omaha landings were filmed on Corsica. The movie was a box office success and was the highest grossing black and white movie until “Schindler’s List”. It won Oscars for Cinematography and Special Effects. It was nominated for Picture (“Lawrence of Arabia” won), Art Direction, and Editing.
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Coincidentally, I watched that film just last night. His job title is mentioned when von Waldeim asks at the beginning, "Who cancelled my train?"With regard to Burt Lancaster in 'The Train'.
What exactly is Labiche's job on this railway? He is an accomplished engine-driver and a skilled fitter. He is clearly quite at home in a large signal box. At the end it becomes clear that he has spent some time working on maintenance of the track. He also has no trouble organising special trains and timetables. I don't think we see him in the booking office, but can anyone doubt that if someone came in and asked for a cheap day return to Cherbourg he would unhesitatingly reach for the right ticket?
Personally, I reckon he is the boss's son, gaining experience in each department before taking over as chairman.
Empire of the sun.TRIVIA - They Died With Their Boots On
- Wikipedia, imdb
- 1. David Lean was supposed to direct and Steven Spielberg to produce, but Lean dropped out because it was too much like a diary and Spielberg gladly took over because he admired Lean’s work, especially “The Bridge on the River Kwai”.
- 2. Spielberg’s father had been a radio operator on a B-25 Mitchell in the China-Burma Theater.
- 3. Christian Bale was cast over 4,000 auditionees partly because author J.G. Ballard felt he resembled him at that age. Bale was aided by Amy Irving (Spielberg’s wife at that time) who had co-starred with him in “Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna”.
- 4. Academy Award nominations for: Art Direction, Cinematography, Editing, Original Music Score, Costume Design, and Sound.
- 5. One of the Zeros (which were actually modified Harvard trainers) was flown by Tom Danaher, a Marine night fighter pilot from WWII who shot down the last Japanese bomber in the war.
- 6. The scene where Jim is tucked in by his parents was modelled after the Norman Rockwell painting for FDR’s “Freedom from Fear”. The painting is on the wall in the prison camp.
- 7. Ballard appears as an extra in the party scene.
Thank you - I find I still have it recorded from the last time it was on. Area Inspector - responsible for organising special freight trains and no doubt a range of other tasks. He might well have started at the bottom - as a porter say - but I cannot imagine how an area inspector would have picked up the range of experience that Labiche displays.Coincidentally, I watched that film just last night. His job title is mentioned when von Waldeim asks at the beginning, "Who cancelled my train?"
But damned if I can remember what the answer was. I'll watch it again tonight and get back to you. :-D