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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

This film's earliest documented telecasts took place in Tucson Wednesday 25 July 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9), in Cincinnati Tuesday 31 July 1956 on WKRC (Channel 12), in Columbus Friday 3 August 1956 on WTVN (Channel 6), in Phoenix Monday 20 August 1956 on KVAR (Channel 12), in Miami Monday 10 September 1956 on WTVJ (Channel 4), and in Buffalo Saturday 3 November 1956 on WBEN (Channel 4). See more »

Goofs

In the film Lee Diamond is corporal. But by the time Lee Diamond landed on Guadalcanal he was a Master Gunnery Sergeant. See more »

Quotes

Al Schmid: Probably see a lot more action before this is over.
Lee Diamond: Looks that way. My arm's comin' along good now.
Al Schmid: Funny... sittin' around thinkin' of you landing on a beachhead again.
Lee Diamond: When I hit the beach, I'll mark the first nip for you, Al.
Al Schmid: [Bitterly] Get him in the eyes! Right in the eyes!
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Connections

Featured in Going Hollywood: The War Years (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

In the Evening by the Moonlight
(1878) (uncredited)
Written by James Allen Bland
Sung by patients in the hospital recreation room
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surprisingly good and accurate war flick
2 August 2005 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Most war films made in the US during WWII were great fun to watch but suffered from severe gaps in realism because they were being produced more for propaganda value to raise the spirits at home than anything else. I am not knocking these films as many of them are still very watchable. However, because they so often lack realism they are prevented from being truly great films. A perfect example was the John Garfield film Air Force--in which a B-17 nearly single-handedly takes out half the Japanese air force! However, Pride Of The Marines is a welcome departure--scoring high marks for portraying a true story in a reasonably accurate manner. When I first saw this film, I thought it was NOT a true story as it seemed way too improbable to be true. However, after researching further I found that it was in fact rather true to the amazing story of two men who did so much to earn the Medal of Honor. This is one case where real life seemed too incredible to be true!


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