Cinema: The New Pictures, Jan. 11, 1954

Paratrooper (Columbia) gains some freshness as a war picture by having Alan Ladd go through his deadpan heroics as a member of the British army. Ex-U.S. Captain Ladd pretends to be a Canadian and volunteers as a private in the paratroops. He soon learns that, no matter what uniform they wear, noncoms are noncoms, and spends a fortnight in the stockade for slugging his corporal in a barroom brawl. But the picture soon demonstrates that it intends to be different: one of the tough top kicks, showing his squad how easy it is to...

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