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Bright Victory (1951)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | August 1951 (USA)
After he gets blinded by a German sniper's bullet in 1943, Sergeant Larry Nevins begins the long and painful road to recovery.

Director:

Mark Robson

Writers:

Robert Buckner (screenplay), Baynard Kendrick (novel)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Arthur Kennedy ... Larry Nevins
Peggy Dow ... Judy Greene
Julie Adams ... Chris Paterson (as Julia Adams)
James Edwards ... Joe Morgan
Will Geer ... Mr. Lawrence Nevins
Nana Bryant ... Mrs. Claire Nevins
Jim Backus ... Bill Grayson
Minor Watson ... Mr. Edward Paterson
Joan Banks Joan Banks ... Janet Grayson
Richard Egan ... Sgt. John Masterson
John Hudson ... Cpl. John Flagg
Marjorie Crossland Marjorie Crossland ... Mrs. Paterson
Donald Miele Donald Miele ... 'Moose' Garvey
Murray Hamilton ... Pete Hamilton
Larry Keating ... Jess Coe
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Storyline

In North Africa during World War II, Sergeant Larry Nevins is blinded by a German sniper's bullet. Rehabilitation at the military hospital presents many challenges, but accepting his disability also proves to be difficult for others. Written by Jeanne Armintrout <jeannee@uwyo.edu>

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The great living love story of today's generation !

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Drama | Romance | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lights Out See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Interesting note, when Jim Backus first appears in the movie, he is wearing a nautical cap that looks much like the same cap worn by Alan Hale years later in "Gilligan's Island", in which Backus also appears. See more »

Goofs

When Judy pulls up to take Larry for a ride in her car, the sun visors are not visible and the rear-view mirror on the windshield divider is turned vertically. In the next shot from inside the car, the sun visors are visible and flipped up and the mirror is now horizontal. The visors and mirror then appear and disappear between shots thereafter. Also, the windshield wipers have been removed from the car. See more »

Quotes

Larry Nevins: I told ya i wanted security, remember... well I was looking for it in all the wrong places. Nobody can ever give it to you Judy. That way, it costs too much, you gotta make it for yourself.
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Moving Post WWII Drama
22 February 2006 | by haridam0See all my reviews

In "Dark Victory" the lead goes blind and faces encroaching death. In "Bright Victory" the lead's already blind and faces encroaching life.

The latter seems far more challenging.

Arthur Kennedy's Oscar-nominated performance as Larry buoys this film from start to finish. His excellent naturalistic style is perfect for the returning disabled vet.

Peggy Dow (as Judy) and Julie Adams (as Chris) are both fine as the women in Larry's life. The script is so sensitively written that both female characters are totally believable in their motivations.

James Edwards delivers his usual solid work as Joe, Larry's best friend.

Mark Robson's direction is efficient and level headed, and the photography, editing and music are all extremely tasteful.

This is one of Authur Kennedy's finest hours, amongst a distinguished body of work during a most versatile career.


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