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Pride of the Marines (1945)

Approved  |   |  Biography, Drama, Romance  |  24 August 1945 (USA)
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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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Virginia Pfeiffer
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Ella Mae Merchant
Ann E. Todd ...
Loretta Merchant (as Ann Todd)
Warren Douglas ...
Kebabian
Don McGuire ...
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Ainslee (as Stephen Richards)
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Moroni Olsen ...
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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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Also Known As:

El orgullo de los marines  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Academy Award Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on June 15, 1946 with John Garfield reprising his film role. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Al Schmid: Well, there's nothing wrong with a shotgun wedding if you own a shotgun.
Ella Mae Merchant: [Hearing news on the radio] Jim, where's Pearl Harbor?
Jim Merchant: Pearl Harbor? Oh, it's down the Jersey Coast near Atlantic City someplace.
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Referenced in Mean Streets (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Opus 98: 1st movement
(1885) (uncredited)
Music by Johannes Brahms
Played on the radio when war is announced
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Superb technical accuracy
11 November 2000 | by (arizona) – See all my reviews

Though not central to the story of Al Schmid's difficult rehabilitation, the short segment depicting his combat on Guadalcanal is superbly done. It is so technically accurate that it might serve as an instructional film on use of the Browning M1917 heavy machine gun. This level of authenticity was extremely rare in the 1940s and bespeaks a serious commitment by the director and (presumably) the marine corps. Apart from that, however, the tension and terror of nocturnal combat is extraordinarily well depicted. Such realism was rare in the decades before "Saving Private Ryan."


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