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Commando (1962 film)

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Marcia o Crepa
US release film poster
Directed byFrank Wisbar
Written byWilliam Denby
Mino Guerrini
Milton Krims
Giuseppe Mangione
Frank Wisbar
Arturo Tofanelli (story)
Produced byWilly Zeyn
StarringStewart Granger
Dorian Gray
CinematographyCecilio Paniagua
Edited byMario Serandrei
Music byAngelo Francesco Lavagnino
Temp Film
Distributed byTempo Film (Italy)
American International Pictures (USA)
Release dates
  • 1962 (1962) (Italy)
  • 1963 (1963) (UK)
  • 1964 (1964) (France, U.S.)
Running time
101 minutes
Box office977,460 admissions (France)[1]

Marcia o Crepa (March or Die), known as The Legion's Last Patrol in the UK and Commando in the US, is a 1962 European (Italian, German, Spanish) co-production war film about the Algerian War of Independence.[2][3]

It was released in 1964 in the US by American International Pictures on a double feature with Torpedo Bay/Beta Som.[4][5]

In the UK this film was shown at Odeon cinemas as part of a double feature with The Day of the Triffids.

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French Foreign Legion Captain Le Blanc (Stewart Granger) leads a section of his Legion parachutists to capture an FLN guerrilla leader. Along the way they are joined by a prostitute (Dorian Gray) and an Arab child. Their mission is a success but when their escape helicopter is shot down they have to fight their way back to the French lines.



The theme music Concerto Disperato by Angelo Francesco Lavagnino became a top selling instrumental in Italy performed by Nini Rosso and in the UK with a cover version by Ken Thorne reaching No. 4.[6]


The Los Angeles Times called it "mediocre, its timely subject matter reduced to the level of a formula Western."[7]

The Monthly Film Bulletin said "despite up-to-date dressing this is basically a schoolboy adventure story, though somewhat grimly executed... the narrative owes more to war movies than P.C. Wren, being a variation on the old idea of the gradual decimation of a patrol. Still, the film is an example of action all the way, apart from the gratuitously ironic ending which, though tart, comes as a decided anti-climax."[8]


  1. ^ Box office information for Stewart Granger films in France at Box Office Story
  2. ^ "LEGION'S LAST PATROL, The "(Marcia o Crepa)"". Monthly Film Bulletin. Vol. 30, no. 348. London. Jan 1, 1963. p. 87.
  3. ^ Clifford, Terry (Mar 24, 1968). "The Long After-Life of Stewart Granger". Chicago Tribune. p. e13.
  4. ^ "Commando And Torpedo Bay movie posters at movie poster warehouse". Archived from the original on 2007-03-19.
  5. ^ "War Movies Scheduled". Los Angeles Times. Mar 4, 1964. p. C11.
  6. ^ Warwick, Neal, Brown, Tony & Kutner, Jon The Complete Book of the British Charts: Singles and Albums 2004 Omnibus Press
  7. ^ Thomas, Kevin (Mar 13, 1964). "Adventure Pictures Coupled on Program". Los Angeles Times. p. C15.
  8. ^ MARCIA O CREPA Monthly Film Bulletin; London Vol. 30, Iss. 348, (Jan 1, 1963): 87.

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