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Screaming Eagles(1956)


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The opening and closing onscreen cast credits differ slightly in order. In the opening credits, individual members of the cast are shown parachuting out of a plane as the name of each actor and his character are superimposed over the images. The film opens with the following written onscreen dedication: "This is the story of fifteen paratroopers of Company D, 502nd Parachute Regiment-101st Airborne Division of the U.S. Army. A small part of the great and powerful force which brought victory to the free people of the world-- but to each of them the war was his personal affair-every skirmish-every battle-won or lost took its toll but never destroyed the spirit of 'this is my war and I won it.' To these gallant men and to all the others who fought so valiantly with them we respectfully dedicate this picture."
       The film closes with the following written acknowlegment: "We gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of the Department of Defense and the Department of the Army in the production of this motion picture." "Screaming Eagles" refers to the bald eagle emblem that graces the shoulder patches of the 101st Airborne Division. The term became the nickname of the division, which gained prominence when it was under seige from the Germans at Bastogne during the 1945 Battle of the Bulge.
       Although November 1955 Hollywood Reporter news items place Peter Norman, Nicky Blair and Robert Knapp in the cast, their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. According to an October 1955 Hollywood Reporter news item, the picture was partially filmed on location at Fort Benning, GA. Screaming Eagles marked the screen debut of Jacqueline Beer.