Armored Command is a 1961 American war drama film directed by Byron Haskin and starring Howard Keel and Tina Louise. It was filmed in Hohenfels, Bavaria, but takes place in the Vosges Mountains during the Southern France campaign.
|Directed by||Byron Haskin|
|Produced by||Ron W. Alcorn|
|Written by||R.W. Alcorn|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros-Pathe|
|July 9, 1961|
"It was the one picture that Howard Keel didn't sing on", reminisced Burt Reynolds later. "That was a terrible mistake."
The Germans use a female spy to infiltrate an American position to get information on the movement of troops at the height of the Ardennes offensive.
- Howard Keel as Col. Devlin
- Tina Louise as Alexandra Bastegar
- Warner Anderson as Lt. Col. Wilson
- Earl Holliman as Mike
- Carleton Young as Capt. Bart Macklin
- Burt Reynolds as Skee
- James Dobson as Arab
- Marty Ingels as Pinhead
- Clem Harvey as Tex
- Maurice Marsac as Jean Robert
- Lt. Col. Thomas A. Ryan as the Major
- Peter Capell as Little General
- Charles Nolte as Capt. Swan
- Brandon Maggart
Lt. Col. Thomas A. Ryan, who appeared in the film as the Major, also acted as the film's technical advisor.
Major General Daniel H. Hudelson (retired), who commanded the 40th California National Guard in Korea and fought in the Battle of the Bulge, sued Allied Artists and Ronald Alcorn for $350,000 alleging unauthorised use of his story ideas. He claimed in 1955 he sent a tape recording of his experiences in the Vosges Mountains in France to a film company, and said they used his ideas in the film. He claimed the film had earned profits of $1.5 million.
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- "General Sues Allied Artists Over Movie". Los Angeles Times. 4 July 1962. p. B6.
- "General Sues Allied Artists Over Ideas Used for Movie". The New York Times. July 4, 1962. p. 13.