Ski Troop Attack

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Ski Troop Attack
Ski Troop Attack FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Roger Corman
Produced by Roger Corman
Written by Charles B. Griffith
Starring Michael Forest
Frank Wolff
Richard Sinatra
Wally Campo
Music by Fred Katz
Cinematography Andrew M. Costikyan
Edited by Anthony Carras
Distributed by Filmgroup
Release dates 8 April 1960
Running time 63 minutes
Country USA
Language English
German

Ski Troop Attack is a 1960 American war film directed by Roger Corman. Filmgroup released the film as a double feature with Battle of Blood Island.

Plot summary[edit]

A group of ski troopers behind German lines during [World War II] disrupts [Nazi] plans and blow up an important bridge.

Production[edit]

The Beast from Haunted Cave was filmed simultaneously, utilising the same screenwriter and lead actors.

The film's musical score, written by cellist Fred Katz, was originally written for A Bucket of Blood. According to Mark Thomas McGee, author of Roger Corman: The Best of the Cheap Acts, each time Katz was called upon to write music for Corman, Katz sold the same score as if it were new music.[1] The score was used in a total of seven films, including The Wasp Woman and Creature from the Haunted Sea.[2]

Charles B. Griffith says the script was inspired in part by the Battle of the Hurtgen Forest, with the train crash taken from A Farewell to Arms.[3]

The movie was shot in Deadwood in the Black Hills over ten days.[4] To amortize costs, Corman's brother Gene produced another film, Beast from Haunted Cave at the same time on the same location. Roger Corman hired ski teams from Deadwood and Lead High Schools.

When a cast member meant to play the leader of the German ski troop broke his leg, Corman stepped in and played the role himself despite not speaking any German.[5]

Cast[edit]

  • Michael Forest as Lt. Factor
  • Frank Wolff as Sgt. Potter
  • Wally Campo as Pvt. Ed Ciccola
  • Richard Sinatra as Pvt. Herman Grammelsbacher

Cameo[edit]

Roger Corman appears in an uncredited role as a German soldier entering the cabin.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ray, Fred Olen (1991). The New Poverty Row: Independent Filmmakers As Distributors. McFarland & Company. p. 40. ISBN 0-89950-628-3. 
  2. ^ "Fred Katz filmography". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2007-10-13. 
  3. ^ Aaron W. Graham, 'Little Shop of Genres: An interview with Charles B. Griffith', Senses of Cinema, 15 April, 2005 accessed 25 June 2012
  4. ^ Roger Corman on Ski Troop Attack at Trailers From Hell
  5. ^ Roger Corman & Jim Jerome, How I Made a Hundred Movies in Hollywood and Never lost a Dime, Muller, 1990 p 87-88

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