Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

To view this video download Flash Player

Sell Us Your Item
For up to a $1.45 Gift Card
Trade in
Have one to sell? Sell yours here

The Red Ball Express (1952 B&W) (1952)

4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

Available from these sellers.

Save on Top Movies $4.99 or Less
Save on top movies $4.99 or less in our featured deals and new releases store. Shop now

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Product Details

  • Format: Adult
  • Region: All Regions
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003F9D0O6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,651 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

1952 DVD movie.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Please Release This On DVD !!! January 16, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Excellent World War II movie about one of the most important convoys / supply lines in the European Theatre. I'm really surprised this movie hasn't gotten more support. PLEASE RELEASE THIS MOVIE ON DVD !!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best movie I have ever seen! February 6, 2007
Format:VHS Tape
A fun movie to watch. Although it was many years later, with the advent of video tape, that I actually viewed it for the first time, I was raised with the knowledge of this film just the same.

My mother is Jaqueline Duval, the French girl with the bicycle, and as I was told later, she was pregnant with me during the filming.

A good film, not "great", but definitely related to factual events.

Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars True story dotted with lite-comedy December 2, 2012
RED BALL EXPRESS is a black and white film from 1952. The movie takes place in France, and concerns a U.S. truck convoy that has the goal of transmitting gasoline to General Patton's tanks. As such, the movie can be considered a "road story." The movie does display good timing and some intelligent dialogue. At one point, mid-level officers are discussing the incompetance of the soldiers who are driving the trucks in the convoy. In the background, we see the convoy of trucks driving down a muddy road, and we see one army truck crashing (at low speed) into the rear of another army truck. This is an intelligent presentation of good timing, as far as cinematography is concerned.

If you are interested in a high-tech movie about World War II, such as RUN SILENT, RUN DEEP (Bert Lancaster), or BEDFORD INCIDENT (Richard Widmark), then you need to look elsewhere. While RED BALL EXPRESS does show army tanks driving around, most of what we see is the convoy of trucks. There is some excitement towards the end, when the convoy of trucks carrying cannisters filled with gasoline speeds through a flaming town. But this is not quite the same thing as the hardware displayed in the above-mentioned movies, or in, for example, BATTLE OF BRITAIN (starring Suzanna York).

HISTORY. The following discloses the real-life aspects of the film, summarized from Wiki: "The Red Ball Express was an enormous truck convoy created by U.S. army to supply their forward-area combat units moving quickly through Europe following the breakout from the D-Day beaches in Normandy. The route was marked with red balls and closed to civilian traffic while the trucks were given priority when on regular roads. The Red Ball Express supply plan originated in a 36 hour urgent meeting, and was cdesigned by Lt.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great movie December 30, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
I thoroughly enjoyed this WW II movie, it has action, drama and a good plot. I am a recent devotee of WW II movies and this is as good as 5 graves to Cairo, the Enemy Below and The Train in my estimation. (I also enjoyed The Dessert Rats, The 49th Parallel and The Story of Dr Wassell.) I recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys a movie of a time when courage and perseverance of men meant personal differences must be put aside-in order that a unified purpose be achieved.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie. Saw it in about1954. First time since. September 24, 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Great movie. Saw it first in about 1954. First time I have seen it since. I have been searching for the DVD version for some time. I have since learned a lot of WWII history as it relates to two of my uncles. I was about 8 years old when they returned from the war. I remember very clearly that my oldest uncle had a Black Panther (761st Tank Battalion) shoulder patch on his uniform. I also remember them talking about meeting in France. They were African American and I have recently connected the dots. One was a tank commander attached to Gen Patton's tankers (761st) and the other was assigned to the 3439 Quartermaster Truck Company, (which was assigned to the Red Ball Express). Considering, that the roles of African Americans in WWII was almost non-existent in movies in those days, I remember the pride I felt seeing the movie with Blacks playing important roles alongside white actors (first movie I saw starring Sidney Poitier). I always admired Jeff Chandler for his role because I felt white actors did not want roles that showed blacks as equals. I spent 38 years in the military (3 years Army and 35 years Air Force. I have always felt the pride I felt when my uncles returned home and how well they looked in their uniforms was the primary motivating factor in me choosing to devote the major portion of my life to the military. I was not disappointed!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a professional DVD August 2, 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This DVD was not professionally produced. There are annoying skips throughout the movie, probably where it was paused to skip through the commercials. As the end credits roll a female voice with a British accent
talks about how the viewers can catch more of Sidney Poitier on another channel.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a tight fast moving true war story May 6, 2006
Format:VHS Tape
i saw this as a kid and thought it was a very cool movie. this is one of three movies i found in a three for $10.00 bin. i was very happy to find this overlooked war movie again.

the red ball express was the name given to the army supply drivers of world war II. after d-day patton's army was moving so fast that supplies fell behind, so the red ball express was put into action.

the movie is very good and it shines a light on a very important and over looked piece of world war II history!!
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie December 5, 2013
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
I love the movie

But i also wish they had it in a DVD also. I don't use my VHS player that often.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just as I remembered.
Published 10 days ago by jiisama
4.0 out of 5 stars The story behind the story
This movie tells the truth story of the tranportation corps in Europe during WW II. They were responsible for the success o the men and units that made the headlines
Published 12 months ago by Pete N. Austira
4.0 out of 5 stars great movie
I came across the name of this movie on the trucking channel on Serius Radio. It sounded great and was.
Published 15 months ago by Sherwood Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Story line
An interesting story on how they managed to supply the fast moving armour units and infantry It alsowas one of the first films to deal with racism in the military at that time and... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Richard Knowlton
2.0 out of 5 stars Red Ball Ezxpress
The cassette worked well in the machine, but the actual movie was poor. The movie was historically inaccurate and the acting was amaturish.I'm glad I bought it, however. Read more
Published on December 4, 2011 by James Kirk
5.0 out of 5 stars another childhood favorite
i really loved the song the guys sung in this movie. that made the movie more enjoyable to me. lift and load should be a top ten hit.
Published on October 6, 2011 by rick huckaby
5.0 out of 5 stars Great History Lessons enclosed.
The search started from looking for an old TV sitcon series called "Rollout!".
The actual Red Ball Express was formed mostly of Black soldiers & the only assignment was to get... Read more
Published on January 18, 2011 by Howard Jones
Search Customer Reviews
Search these reviews only

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought


There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Look for Similar Items by Category