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
Did You Know?
On the train to Philadelphia, Al (John Garfield
) talks to Lee (Dane Clark
) about the difficulty he anticipates in getting a job for a blind man. Lee responds that because he, Lee, is Jewish, he has trouble finding a job as well and the wax philosophic about a day when people are discriminated against for any reason. But in real life, it was Garfield who was Jewish. See more
When Al and the Merchants are gathered around the radio listening to the news flash about Pearl Harbor, none of the tubes in the radio are lit up - the radio is obviously not turned on and nothing would be heard. See more
No, no, this is their chance. They've been gettin' reinforcements/ We haven't. They'll come sooner or later.
I'll take sooner.
I'll take later.
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Music by John Philip Sousa
Played at the medal ceremony See more