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Pride of the Marines (1945)

Marine hero Al Schmid is blinded in battle and returns home to be rehabilitated. He readjusts to his civilian life with the help of his soon to be wife.

Director:

Delmer Daves

Writers:

Albert Maltz (screen play), Marvin Borowsky (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Garfield ... Al Schmid
Eleanor Parker ... Ruth Hartley
Dane Clark ... Lee Diamond
John Ridgely ... Jim Merchant
Rosemary DeCamp ... Virginia Pfeiffer
Ann Doran ... Ella Mae Merchant
Ann E. Todd ... Loretta Merchant (as Ann Todd)
Warren Douglas ... Kebabian
Don McGuire ... Bill aka Irish
Tom D'Andrea ... Tom
Rory Mallinson ... Doctor
Mark Stevens ... Ainslee (as Stephen Richards)
Anthony Caruso ... Johnny Rivers
Moroni Olsen ... Capt. Burroughs
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Storyline

Married couple Jim & Ella Merchant set up their single friend Al Schmid on a blind date with Ruth Hartley. The two hit it off and begin dating. A welder, one day at the workplace, Al learns of a friend's enlistment in the Marine Corps and decides to join himself. Al and Ruth have a last date, with Al insisting that she forget about him as he is about to go into combat. However, when Ruth goes to meet his departure train, he is overjoyed and gives her an engagement ring. Assigned to Guadalcanal, Al and his squad are tasked with preventing the Japanese from breaching their line. During a night attack, many of his fellow Marines are slain, but Al ends up single-handedly saving the day, killing scores of Japanese. However, he is wounded by a suicide bomber near the end of the the battle. At the hospital, Al learns that he is blind, a condition that persists even after surgery. Feeling sorry for himself, he dictates a letter to a nurse, informing Ruth that he is relieving her of any ... Written by Jon C. Hopwood

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

24 August 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El orgullo de los marines See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Japanese attack came at 03:00. 800 Japanese attacked Schmidt's unit (2nd Battalion 1st Marines) line. In order to recapture Henderson Field. After Rivers was killed Schmidt continued to fire his gun for 4 hours. At times his gun glowed red hot. See more »

Goofs

The real Lee Diamond was 52 years old when he fought on Guadalcanal. He was born in 1890 and was a veteran of battles at Chateau Thierry, Belleau Wood, Aisne-Marne, St. Mihiel and the Meuse-Argonne. By the end of that war he was referred to as "Mister Leatherneck". See more »

Quotes

Al Schmid: Lucy, I want a kiss that'll last me me the duration. You got one like that?
Ruth Hartley: I'll do my darnedest.
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Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: John Garfield (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

U.S. Marine Corps Hymn
(1868) (uncredited)
(also called "The Marines' Hymn")
Music by Jacques Offenbach from "Geneviève de Brabant"
Played often in the score
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Pride of Warner's
10 December 2005 | by haridam0See all my reviews

Of the many fine talents in the Warner Bros. "stock company," the three leads in "Pride of the Marines" may be considered the "cream of the crop." John Garfield, Eleanor Parker and Dane Clark really never gave a bad performance. Each seemingly could take on any role and make it his/her own.

No matter how weak the script may be, these professionals could work wonders with their honed skill and formidable natural talent. In the case of this film, they had very good material to work with, and their chemistry is invigorating.

Garfield, Parker and Clark are at the peak of their careers here, and it's a pleasure to watch them move from light comedy to serious drama effortlessly. Franz Waxman's score is likewise to be commended, along with the secure direction and razor sharp cinematography.

A most enjoyable and moving film.


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