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Identity Unknown (1945)

Approved | | Drama, War | 2 April 1945 (USA)
A soldier survives a bombing in which his three fellow soldiers were killed. When he recovers he discovers he has amnesia, and since his companions' bodies were burned beyond recognition, ... See full summary »

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Rocks Donnelly
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Toddy Loring
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Wanda
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Major Williams
John Forrest ...
Joe Granowski
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Mrs. Anderson (as Sara Padden)
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Mr. Anderson
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Frankie
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Harry Parker
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Col. F.A. Marlin
Charles Williams ...
Auctioneer
Charles Jordan ...
Needles--Rocks' Henchman
Dick Scott ...
Spike--Rocks' Henchman
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A soldier survives a bombing in which his three fellow soldiers were killed. When he recovers he discovers he has amnesia, and since his companions' bodies were burned beyond recognition, the army doesn't know which one of the four he is. He goes AWOL and searches out the families of the three dead soldiers, hoping to find out his own identity. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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HAVE I THE RIGHT TO LOVE? (original print ad-all caps)

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Drama | War

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2 April 1945 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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When Johnny is arrested at the railway station, he tells Sally to take the truck back to the Andersons. However, she has just arrived on the train and would not know their address. See more »

Soundtracks

When Johnny Comes Marching Home
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Written by Louis Lambert
Played on a harmonica and heard as a theme
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Very interesting concept, good script
10 April 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed this film quite a bit. There were really some poignant moments as a GI suffering from amnesia goes AWOL to figure out who he is. He has a list with four names on it and it appears that he is actually one of the names on that list. As he visits several homes traumatized by war it soon becomes apparent that the odyssey isn't just about him but about everyone suffering from the deaths of their loved ones in the military.

Richard Arlen isn't the greatest actor ever but his downbeat style works almost perfectly here. He plays a really decent man who is confused and a bit dazed. Some of the incidents could have used a tiny bit more craft to fulfill their potential. The part where a young boy thinks his dead father has come home could have been real dramatic dynamite. That sequence is realized OK but not great here. Otherwise, this is a good film that held my interest all the way. The ending was a tad anti-climatic but not terrible. Good little film here about the sometimes hidden devastation of war and the healing that hopefully occurs later.

Recently a funeral procession passed my house. It was for a young man killed in Afghanistan. He had a young child that I don't believe he ever saw. It was a very solemn moment.


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