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Desert Rats, The (1953)

A rather aloof desert-stormer, meant as a follow-up to The Desert Fox (1951) and again boasting James Mason as Field Marshal Rommel – this time ordering the Battle of Tobruk in 1941 against Allied forces that include Richard Burton commanding Aussie troops.

Burton has his own problems with his cowardly and alcoholic old schoolteacher turned volunteer, Robert Newton, but still manages to bring down Rommel’s forces.

Captain MacRoberts
Richard Burton
Bartlett
Robert Newton
General
Robert Douglas
Barney
Torin Thatcher
Smith
Chips Rafferty
Lieutenant Carstairs
Charles Tingwell
Rommel
James Mason
Pete
Charles Davis
Mick
Ben Wright
Riley
John O’Malley
Hugh
Ray Harden

Director
Robert Wise