When Hell Broke Loose

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When Hell Broke Loose
Original film poster
Directed by Kenneth G. Crane
Produced by Oscar Brodney
Written by Oscar Brodney
Sol Dolgin
Ib Melchior
Starring Charles Bronson
Robert Easton
Richard Jaeckel
Music by Albert Glasser
Distributed by Paramount
Release date
  • November 1, 1958 (1958-11-01)
Running time
78 minutes
Country United States
Language English

When Hell Broke Loose (1958) is a World War II war film starring Charles Bronson, directed by Kenneth G. Crane and co-written by Ib Melchior.


Steve Boland (Charles Bronson) is a cynical minor criminal drafted into the US Army during World War II. He has an unspectacular military career with his criminal past getting him into trouble but he comes into his own when his criminal expertise gives him unparalleled opportunities during the American occupation of Germany.

When Werwolf German infiltrators, saboteurs and assassins dressed in American uniform parachute behind the American lines, Boland's superiors neither believe nor trust him. Boland becomes a proficient one man army. He realises that everything happens for a reason.


Actor Roles
Charles Bronson Steve Boland
Richard Jaeckel Karl
Violet Rensing Ilsa
Arvid Nelson Ludwig
Robert Easton Jonesie
Eddie Foy III Brooklyn
Robert Stevenson Capt. Grayson
Dennis McCarthy Capt. Melton
Russell Thorson Colonel Crandall (uncredited)

See also[edit]


  • Silent Scream - Page 32, by Charles Bronson, Stephen Richards
  • Film Actors, by Lone Eagle Publishing

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