Directed by Samuel Fuller
Written by Samuel Fuller and Milton Sperling
Warner Bros./United States Pictures
First viewing/Netflix rental
This may be one of Sam Fuller’s least Fuller-esque pictures.
This is based on the true story of an infantry unit that battled the Japanese in Burma. Brig. Gen. Frank D. Merrill (Jeff Chandler) is given one impossible task after another. All the grunts want to do is go home. By the end, all they want is something to eat.
This is OK but is basically combat and explosions, only sporadically interrupted by story and dialogue.
Merrill’s Maraudes was Chandler’s last film. He died at age 42 of blood poisoning shortly after production ended.