Original film poster
Directed byLewis Seiler
Written byJoseph Breen Jr
Bernard Girard
Ted Sherdeman
Produced byBryan Foy
StarringJohn Agar
David Brian
Frank Lovejoy
Narrated byFrank Lovejoy
CinematographyEdwin DuPar
Edited byFolmar Blangsted
Music byWilliam Lava
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • November 17, 1950 (1950-11-17)
Running time
91 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$3,015,000[1]
$1,900,000 (US rentals)[2]

Breakthrough is a 1950 film directed by Lewis Seiler and starring John Agar about an American infantry unit in World War II. Approximately one-third of the film was assembled from preexisting footage.[3]


Captain Hale (David Brian) leads a company of infantrymen from the 1st Infantry Division from the D-Day landings through the Normandy campaign. They resent the presence of a fresh lieutenant Joe Mallory (John Agar).[4]



The picture makes use of official U.S. and British Army Air Force and Navy films, as well as captured German footage. Other scenes were filmed on location at Fort Ord near Monterey, California.[5]


The film was very profitable, earning $2,095,000 domestically and $920,000 foreign.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Warner Bros financial information in The William Shaefer Ledger. See Appendix 1, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, (1995) 15:sup1, 1-31 p 31 DOI: 10.1080/01439689508604551
  2. ^ 'The Top Box Office Hits of 1950', Variety, January 3, 1951
  3. ^ Richard Harland Smith, 'Breakthrough', Turner Classic Movies accessed May 17, 2012
  4. ^ Breakthrough (1950) - Lewis Seiler | Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related | AllMovie
  5. ^ Breakthrough (1950) - Notes -