You Can't Win 'Em All
|You Can't Win 'Em All|
|Directed by||Peter Collinson|
|Produced by||Gene Corman|
|Written by||Leo Gordon|
|Music by||Bert Kaempfert|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|24 July 1970|
You Can't Win 'Em All is a 1970 war film, written by Leo Gordon (also an actor who appears in the film) and directed by Peter Collinson, starring Tony Curtis and Charles Bronson as two American soldiers in 1922 Turkey who protect the three daughters of a Turkish governor while thwarting a Turkish army colonel's attempt to take gold on a train the two soldiers happen to be on. The setting is the time of the Greco-Turkish War (1919–1922).
- Tony Curtis: Adam Dyer
- Charles Bronson: Josh Corey
- Michèle Mercier: Aila
- Grégoire Aslan: Osman Bey
- Fikret Hakan: Colonel Ahmed Elçi
- Salih Güney: Captain Enver
- Patrick Magee: Mustapha Kayan (really Mustafa Kemal Atatürk)
- Tony Bonner: Reese
- John Acheson: Davis
- Horst Janson: Wollen
- Leo Gordon: Bolek
- Reed De Rouen: US naval officer
- Paul Stassino: Major
The film was originally known as Dubious Patriots'.
"The country, the people, were fabulous," said Tony Curtis shortly after filming ended. "The thing that did us in was the very shoddy British production set up. They promised certain things on location and didn't provide them. There were inadequate sanitary conditions: people got sick. The director, Peter Collinson? I have no comment about Mr Collinson. Some day I'll tell you about him."
Aircraft sequences were flown and coordinated by Charles Boddington and Lewis Benjamin. The aircraft were owned by ex-RCAF pilot Lynn Garrison who shipped several of his S.E.5 replicas from Ireland to Turkey for the production. They were previously featured in The Blue Max and Darling Lili and would go on to star in Von Richthofen and Brown, Zeppelin, The Great Waldo Pepper, and numerous TV commercials.
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- Tony Curtis Ends Turkey Filming Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 05 Nov 1969: f15.