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The Dirty Dozen Overview:

The Dirty Dozen (1967) was a Action - Drama Film directed by Robert Aldrich and produced by Kenneth Hyman and Raymond Anzarut.

Academy Awards 1967 --- Ceremony Number 40 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Supporting ActorJohn CassavetesNominated
Best Film EditingMichael LucianoNominated
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Joseph T. Wladislaw: I wish I could read this. I think it's dirty.


Major John Reisman: I never went in for embroidery, just results.


Major John Reisman: Boy, do I love that Franko.


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As film production ran over-schedule, Frank Sinatra advised 'Trini López' to quit so that his recording career wouldn't lose it's momentum or popularity. So Lopez took Sinatra's advice and quit. (Or, according to another account, his agent unwisely demanded more money, which Robert Aldrich refused to grant. Originally, Lopez's character, Jimminez, was supposed to be one of the heroes. He was to be the one to ignite all of the dynamite that would destroy the entire chateau. But with Lopez's abrupt departure, his character was written off as being killed during the parachute jump.
Construction of the faux chateau proved *too* good. The script called for it to be blown up, but the construction was so solid that 70 tons of explosives would have been needed to achieve the effect! Instead, a section was rebuilt from cork and plastic.
The sub-machine guns being used by most of the Dirty Dozen are M3, .45 ACP Cal., sub-machine guns know as the "Grease Gun". It came into use late in the war replacing Thompson sub-machine guns. It was not a general issue weapon to infantryman, normally it was the crew weapon on a tank. Many "found" their way to the frontline troops. This earlier model weapon had a charging lever on the side. Later models (M3A1) were charged by simply pulling back on the bolt by inserting your finger into a recess in the bolt. The M3A1 wire stock included a tab to help load magazines, the ends threaded to accept a cleaning brush to clean the barrel and was used as a wrench to unscrew the barrel for disassembly. The weapon, only manufactured during WWII by General Motors Headlight division, at a cost about $20 vs. the Thompsons at a few $100 each.
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