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The Desert Rats (1953) was a Action - Adventure Film directed by Robert Wise and produced by Robert L. Jacks.

Academy Awards 1953 --- Ceremony Number 26 (source: AMPAS)

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Best WritingRichard MurphyNominated
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Legendary Australian actor Chips Rafferty appears in this movie as Sergeant 'Blue' Smith. About a decade earlier, Rafferty appeared playing Milo Trent in another movie featuring "The Desert Rats" entitled The Fighting Rats of Tobruk.
The picture of Tammy MacRoberts' wife is actually a photo of actress Sybil Williams, Richard Burton's then wife.
This film's title actually refers to the British 7th Armoured Division who were "The Desert Rats" in North Africa and not the Australian 9th Division who were part of the siege at Tobruk and were known as "The Rats of Tobruk", not the Desert Rats.
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