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In 1944, Brig. Gen. Frank Merrill's 5307th Composite Unit, known as Merrill's Marauders, is deep behind Japanese lines in the dense Burma jungle. Even though the 3,000 men suffer from exhaustion, illness, and starvation, they are ordered to capture a gun emplacement, an enemy arsenal, and a railway yard. Merrill realizes that his men cannot be an effective fighting force without rest, but he also knows that they must make the 500-mile trek to Myitkyina to prevent Japanese and German armies from merging in India.
Producer: Milton Sperling
Director: Samuel Fuller
Screenplay: Milton Sperling, Samuel Fuller (screenplay); Charlton Ogburn Jr. (book)
Cinematography: William Clothier
Music: Howard Jackson
Film Editing: Folmar Blangsted
Cast: Jeff Chandler (Brig. Gen. Frank D. Merrill), Ty Hardin (2nd Lt. Lee Stockton), Peter Brown (Bullseye), Andrew Duggan (Capt. Abraham Lewis Kolodny, MD), Will Hutchins (Chowhound), Claude Akins (Sgt. Kolowicz), Luz Valdez (Burmese girl), John Hoyt (Gen. Joseph Stilwell), Charles Briggs (Muley), Chuck Roberson (Officer).