Pride of the Marines (1945)

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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.



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Complete credited cast:
Lee Diamond
John Ridgely ...
Jim Merchant
Rosemary DeCamp ...
Virginia Pfeiffer
Ella Mae Merchant
Ann E. Todd ...
Loretta Merchant (as Ann Todd)
Warren Douglas ...
Don McGuire ...
Bill aka Irish
Tom D'Andrea ...
Rory Mallinson ...
Ainslee (as Stephen Richards)
Johnny Rivers
Moroni Olsen ...
Capt. Burroughs


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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24 August 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El orgullo de los marines  »

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1.37 : 1
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This film is about the Battle of Guadacanal. Guadalcanal is situated in the Solomon Islands in the Pacific Ocean, north-east of Australia. Its local name is Isatabu and contains the country's capital, Honiara. The island is humid and mostly made up of jungle with a surface area of 2,510 square miles or 6,500-km². Guadacanal was named after Pedro de Ortega's home town Guadacanal in Andalusia, Spain. de Ortega worked under Álvaro de Mendaña who charted the island in 1568. See more »


Al tells Ruth he doesn't want her to stay up late seeing him off at the train, but he departs during the day. See more »


Lee Diamond: No, no, this is their chance. They've been gettin' reinforcements/ We haven't. They'll come sooner or later.
Johnny Rivers: I'll take sooner.
Al Schmid: I'll take later.
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Referenced in The Pacific: Basilone (2010) See more »


It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
(1850) (uncredited)
Music by Richard Storrs Willis
Lyrics by Edmund Hamilton Sears (1849)
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"Mariiiiiines, tonight you die!"
24 June 2004 | by (Copenhagen, Denmark) – See all my reviews

In the immediate aftermath following World War II, sound minds in Hollywood tried to distance themselves from the mindless flag-waving that is a natural ingredient in a war effort. "Best Years of Our Lives' and even 'Gentleman's Agreement' investigated the way Americans looked at themselves in the wake of the war, but Delmer Daves' "Pride of the Marines" beat them to it.

The film is about Philadelphia smart alec John Garfield who goes to war as a marine and after a nightmarish evening in a foxhole, with Japanese soldiers eerily crying out at him and his buddies "Mariiines, tonight you die!", he is blinded by a hand-grenade, and dumps his girlfriend back home rather than have to depend on her after coming home.

Delmer Daves is uncompromising in his depiction on these men who are brave, as it were, almost by coincidence. They are there, in the foxhole, and when shot at, they react. So much for heroism, but they get the job done. And then comes the self-pity, the dark, gloomy sense of humor. Garfield is in angry denial of his blindness and the film makes no excuses, "There's no free candy for anyone in this world", as his buddy tells him. The same guy, a Jew, played by Dane Clark, reminds him, "In a war somebody gets it, and you're it. Everybody's got problems! When I get back, some guys won't hire me, because my name is Diamond".

Great movies are made with guts like these, and if the first half hour of 'Pride of the Marines' fails to rise to the occasion completely, from then on it evolves into a true work of art. You weep, and you ponder, you ache and you hope against hope. Well, simply: art.

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