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The Purple Heart (1944)

Approved | | Drama, History, War | 23 February 1944 (USA)
A stock WW2 era drama which was produced for morale purposes.

Director:

Lewis Milestone

Writers:

Jerome Cady, Darryl F. Zanuck (story) (as Melville Crossman)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dana Andrews ... Capt. Harvey Ross
Richard Conte ... Lt. Angelo Canelli
Farley Granger ... Sgt. Howard Clinton
Kevin O'Shea Kevin O'Shea ... Sgt. Jan Skvoznik
Don 'Red' Barry ... Lt. Peter Vincent (as Donald Barry)
Trudy Marshall ... Mrs. Ross
Sam Levene ... Lt. Wayne Greenbaum
Charles Russell ... Lt. Kenneth Bayforth
John Craven ... Sgt. Martin Stoner
Tala Birell ... Johanna Hartwig - Berlin News Correspondent
Richard Loo ... General Ito Mitsubi
Peter Chong Peter Chong ... Mitsuru Toyama
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Storyline

This is the story of the crew of a downed bomber, captured after a run over Tokyo, early in the war. Relates the hardships the men endure while in captivity, and their final humiliation: being tried and convicted as war criminals. Written by Buxx Banner <buxx572@aol.com>

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An EPIC SAGE of RAW COURAGE!(original ad - many caps) See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

23 February 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Corazón púrpura See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,500,000
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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The 'Hollywood Reporter' of 14 April 1944 reported that this movie's box-office receipts had in only seven weeks returned all of its advertising, print and production costs. See more »

Goofs

The son of the Chinese Governor bows to the American aviators to return the honor they gave him. But the Chinese don't bow in this fashion. It is the Japanese who bow to show respect. So a Chinese man would never use this to show respect. Since it would align himself with Japanese custom. See more »

Quotes

General Ito Mitsubi: We will win this war because we are willing to sacrifice ten million lives. How many lives is the white man willing to sacrifice?
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Connections

Referenced in The Wonder Years: Courage (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

The Army Air Corps Song
Written by Robert Crawford
Played when the defendants are first brought into court and as they at the end
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A fact based story
26 July 2002 | by kclark3See all my reviews

The Purple Heart was a very good movie for the times. The people who brand it "sappy" and "propagandistic", or the brain dead person who chortles about "patriotic lunkheads" enlisting in the armed forces because of this movie were not alive during that period. They know nothing about the horror of total war. The survival of this nation was in doubt, and men were dying or being captured by sadistic Japanese who murdered them while in captivity. Every parent dreaded the telegram delivery boy, thinking what it might mean. Ever heard of the Bataan Death March? This movie was a fact based story about captured Americans from the Doolittle raid, in which several American Airmen were tried as War Criminals, and some of them were executed. Such a show trial was not repeated, but it showed the beastiality of the Bushido warriors. Japan should hang it's head in shame. The performances were dead right for war time, and Dana Andrews was superb, there were few cliches, it was mostly truth. Mr Bartalotti was right, there was a great deal in a short time. A True achievement. For the silly few who worry about propaganda, remember we were at war, and remember Pearl Harbor.


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