D-Day the Sixth of June


1h 46m 1956
D-Day the Sixth of June

Brief Synopsis

An American and a British soldier in love with the same woman head for the Normandy Invasion.

Film Details

Also Known As
The Sixth of June
Genre
Romance
War
Release Date
Jun 1956
Premiere Information
New York opening: 29 May 1956
Production Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States
Location
Long Beach--Naval Shipyard, California, United States; Point Dume, California, United States; Pt. Dume, California, United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The Sixth of June by Lionel Shapiro (New York, 1955).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 46m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (DeLuxe)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1
Film Length
9,557ft

Synopsis

As a ship carrying Special Force Six, the forty intrepid infantrymen assigned to disable the massive German machine gun on Normandy Beach in advance of the Allied Fleet, nears its target, John Wynter, the British commander in charge, confers on deck with Brad Parker, an American captain. While awaiting landing, John reflects back to 1942, a happier time in his life: In an English village, John visits his sweetheart, Valerie Russell, the daughter of Brigadier Russell, to say goodbye before embarking upon a secret mission to Cairo. Before parting, they exchange pledges of everlasting love. As John's thoughts return to the present, Brad reflects on his arrival in Britain three years earlier: After suffering a broken leg in a parachute accident, Brad is discharged from the Air Force and assigned to limited service. Brad leaves his wife Janey behind in the States, and is sent to serve in Great Britain under the command of Col. Alexander Timmer. During their first meeting, Timmer sternly warns Brad about breaching security. Meanwhile, in the village, Val's father chastises several rowdy American soldiers about their lack of respect. Brad and Maj. Mills are then sent to apologize to the brigadier for the men's behavior. When Russell bristles and suggests that the entire village be put off limits to the boorish Americans, Brad becomes incensed and reminds Russell that the Americans are willing to sacrifice their lives in defense of Britain. After Brad and Mills leave, Val runs after them and apologizes for her father's behavior. Val explains that the British are a proud people who have never had to ask for help and therefore resent the intrusion of the Americans. Brad and Val meet again on a train bound for London, where Val is to work at the Red Cross Club. While sitting together, Brad tells Val about Janey and Val speaks of her absent soldier sweetheart. Because they are both lonely, Brad invites Val to dinner and she gladly accepts. As their relationship develops, Val encourages Brad to talk about his wife because it makes her feel "safe." One day, Val reads that eight officers have been killed in a desert raid, and fearing that John may be one of them, begins to feel guilty. When Val confides to Brad that she is falling in love with him, they decide to stop seeing each other, but Brad discovers that he is unable to stay away and they resume their affair. Timmer, determined to best his rival, Lt. Col. Cantrell, for a promotion, decides to join the invasion of a German stronghold in Dieppe, France, and orders Brad to accompany him as an observer. Timmer returns from the raid somber and shaken, one of the few survivors. On the road back to London, Timmer stops at a pub for a drink and boasts that he was at Dieppe. A reporter overhears him and prints the story in a newspaper, and Timmer is accused of violating an Allied prohibition against speaking to the press. Upon reaching London, Brad races into Val's arms. Soon after, Timmer's rival is promoted and Timmer's unit dispersed. When Brad learns that he is to leave immediately for Algiers, he tries to notify Val, but she has just left London to arrange for her father's funeral. The brigadier, depressed about his inability to serve his country, has committed suicide. Ten months pass, and Brad learns that his only chance of returning to London is to get assigned to Special Force Six, a perilous mission headed by Timmer. Ten days before he is to report for duty, Brad and Val joyously reunite and Brad informs Val that his wife has discovered their affair. Six days later, John, weak and wounded, arrives in London and goes to the Red Cross Club in search of Val. Overhearing that Val has a boyfriend, John hastily departs to wander the London streets. When a woman from the club notifies Val that John is looking for her, she bids Brad goodbye and goes to find John. Brad, meanwhile, proves himself physically fit for combat and is welcomed to Special Force Six by Timmer. Before leaving on the mission, Brad seeks out Val at the Red Cross Club. When Brad vows never to give her up, Val responds that she is devoted to John, who has regained his health. Soon after, Timmer suffers a nervous breakdown and is arrested for divulging secret plans before a crowd of strangers. Brad finally meets his rival when John is made the new mission commander. Brad's thoughts return to the present as the troops prepare to storm the beach. In the assault, Brad is seriously wounded, but the mission is successful. As Brad, confined to a stretcher, awaits his transport back to England, John praises him and wishes him good luck. After Brad is carried away, John pensively strolls along the beach and is killed by a landmine. In an English hospital, Brad, unaware of John's demise, sends a message to Val that he and John have survived. Val, who has been informed of John's death, receives the message and visits Brad, who is to be shipped home. From his hospital bed, Brad tells Val that he is reconciled to returning to Janey. Withholding news of John's fate, Val kisses Brad goodbye and walks away, alone.

Cast

Robert Taylor

Brad Parker

Richard Todd

John Wynter

Dana Wynter

Valerie Russell

Edmond O'brien

Col. Alexander Timmer

John Williams

Brigadier Russell

Jerry Paris

Raymond Boyce

Robert Gist

Dan Stenick

Richard Stapley

David Archer

Ross Elliott

Maj. Mills

Alex Finlayson

Col. Harkness

Cyril Delevanti

Coat room attendant

Marie Brown

Georgina

Rama Bai

Mala

Dabbs Greer

Arkinson

Geoffrey Steele

Maj. McEwen

George Pelling

Capt. Waller

Conrad Feia

Lieutenant at party

Boyd "red" Morgan

Sgt. Brooks

Richard Aherne

Grainger

Victoria Ward

Mrs. Hamilton

Patricia Mcmahon

Suzette

John Damler

Lt. Col. Cantrell

Thomas B. Henry

Gen. Bolthouse

Damian O'flynn

Gen. Pike

Ben Wright

Gen. Millensbeck

Queenie Leonard

Corporal

Howard Price

American war correspondent

Reggie Dvorak

Taxi driver

Chet Marshall

Lt. Clayford Binns

Parley Baer

Sgt. Herbert

Ashley Cowan

Lance Corp. Bailey

June Mitchell

Waitress

Barry Coe

Helmsman

Sherwood Price

Lieutenant at Red Cross Club

Ward Ellis

Lieutenant at Red Cross Club

Louise Arthur

Red Cross girl

Lily Kemble-cooper

British nurse

Maury Hill

USMP captain

Jose Garcia

USAAF soldier

James Fairfax

British Home Guard officer

Pat Ferguson

British soldier

Mike Hadlow

British soldier

Tom Pittman

Air Force officer

Lee Graham

Air Force officer

Clark Lee

Air Force officer

John Paxten

M.P.

Charles Lind

Officer

Christopher Cook

English bellboy

Reginald Sheffield

Hotel proprietor

Robert Wilson

Provost Marshall captain

Jack Raine

Intelligence officer

Betty Fairfax

Cockney woman on train

Joe Ploski

Man on train

Jennifer Raine

Cockney girl

Al Dunlap

Crewman

Arthur Gould-porter

British barman

Virginia Carroll

American nurse

Carlyle Mitchell

American doctor

Doug Evans

Captain on bridge of ship

Barry Harvey

Canadian sergeant

Fred Coby

Medic

Trevor Ward

Cockney news vendor

Otto Reichow

German captain

Robert Boon

German lieutenant

Robert Patten

Petty officer

Film Details

Also Known As
The Sixth of June
Genre
Romance
War
Release Date
Jun 1956
Premiere Information
New York opening: 29 May 1956
Production Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States
Location
Long Beach--Naval Shipyard, California, United States; Point Dume, California, United States; Pt. Dume, California, United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The Sixth of June by Lionel Shapiro (New York, 1955).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 46m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (DeLuxe)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1
Film Length
9,557ft

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

The working title of this film was The Sixth of June. The picture opens with the following written prologue: "The ship carrying Special Force Six was put to sea forty minutes in advance of the main Allied Fleet." It closes with this written acknowledgment: "The Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation thanks the United States Army for its generous cooperation in the production of this motion picture." At dawn on June 6, 1944, approximately 9,000 ships carrying Allied infantry troops landed on the beaches at Normandy, France, launching an invasion that would provide the Allied forces their first foothold in German-occupied France. Over 10,000 men lost their lives when they landed on the beaches, which were heavily fortified with German land mines and artillery emplacements. The release of the picture was timed to coincide roughly with the twelfth anniversary of the Normandy invasion. A June 1956 Hollywood Reporter news item adds that 1,000 veterans of D-Day were guests at a special anniversary screening.
       Hollywood Reporter news items add Pat Cortland, Garth Magwood, violinist January Rubini, Herbert Deans, Ralph Hickey and Jim Leppert to the cast, but their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. A November 1955 Hollywood Reporter news item notes that Jean Simmons was to play the role of "Valerie." Although pre-production Hollywood Reporter news items indicate that the picture was originally to be filmed in England, studio production notes contained in the file on the film in the AMPAS Library state that the embarkation scenes were shot at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard and that the battle scenes were filmed at Point Dume, CA. D-Day the Sixth of June marked the screen debut of Tom Pittman, who made a number of films before his death in 1958.
       Other films dealing with D-Day include the 1962 Twentieth Century-Fox film The Longest Day, starring John Wayne and Robert Mitchum and directed by Ken Annakin (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1961-70); the 1964 Filmways, Inc. production The Americanization of Emily, starring James Garner and Julie Andrews and directed by Arthur Hiller; and the 1998 DreamWorks Pictures film Saving Private Ryan, starring Tom Hanks and directed by Steven Spielberg.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States on Video May 25, 1989

Released in United States Summer June 1956

Re-released in United States on Video May 17, 1994

Formerly distributed by CBS/Fox Video.

CinemaScope

Re-released in United States on Video May 17, 1994

Released in United States on Video May 25, 1989

Released in United States Summer June 1956