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The Glory Brigade (1953)

Approved | | Action, Drama, War | 20 May 1953 (USA)
During the Korean War, an American unit of combat engineers must work with Greek troops in order to perform a reconnaissance mission behind Communist lines.

Director:

Robert D. Webb

Writer:

Franklin Coen
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Victor Mature ... Lt. Sam Pryor
Alexander Scourby ... Lt. Niklas
Lee Marvin ... Cpl. Bowman
Richard Egan ... Sgt. Johnson
Nick Dennis ... Cpl. Marakis
Roy Roberts ... Sgt. Chuck Anderson
Alvy Moore ... Pvt. 'Stoney' Stone
Russell Evans Russell Evans ... Pvt. Taylor
Henry Kulky ... Sgt. 'Smitty' Smitkowsky
Gregg Martell Gregg Martell ... Pvt. Ryan
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During the Korean War Lt. Sam Pryor volunteers his platoon to escort Greek troops to perform a reconnaissance mission behind Communist lines. Due to his Greek heritage Pryor is initially proud to accompany the Greek contingent but his feelings change to scorn and mistrust when what he believes is cowardice shown by the Greek soldiers and their leaders results in the near annihiliation of his own platoon. An uneasy alliance is maintained between the US and Greek troops as the enemy's true objective is learned. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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You'll Never Love So Hard In Your Life... as these hard-hitting guys hit the dirt... and come up fighting!

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Action | Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Greek

Release Date:

20 May 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Baptism of Fire See more »

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Budget:

$850,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Special effects crew member Jess Wolf died from injuries suffered while working on a dynamite blast for the film. See more »

Quotes

[Pryor's men discover their Greek allies are dancing around their campfire before battle]
Pvt. 'Stoney' Stone: Fantastic fighters? Ha!
Lt. Sam Pryor: If ever a private was askin' to be busted...
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Referenced in MASH (1970) See more »

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Uneasy Allies
5 December 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Victor Mature and Alexander Scourby star in The Glory Brigade, a story of the Korean War with an emphasis on the international makeup of the forces under the UN command against North Korea and later the Chinese. In this situation the American survivors of a patrol behind enemy lines are forced to cooperate both Greeks and Americans.

And here Victor Mature is a Greek-American and during the mission he who had bragged about the fighting ability of his native people gets a bad first impression. But they are forced to cooperate on the mission which is to find out if the North Koreans are planning a big offensive on the other side of a river which is now marking the battle lines of the two armies. Mature's patrol is wiped out save for himself, Lee Marvin, Roy Roberts, and Alvy Moore. Even though he's feeling embarrassed, Mature now has to rely on Scourby's men.

The Glory Brigade earned some glory for 20th Century Fox and the folks in front of and behind the camera. It's a nice no frills war film with the cast acquitting themselves well.


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