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Pride of the Marines (1945)

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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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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Trivia

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 then waxes philosophic about a day when people are discriminated against for any reason. But in real life, it was Garfield who was Jewish. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Al Schmid: Just for luck, maybe the ship'll come in tomorrow with some mail on it.
Lee Diamond: Why is it that everything good is always gonna happen tomorrow?
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Referenced in The Pacific: Basilone (2010) 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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Still Powerful
5 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

Having seen this film about 20 years ago, but I was impressed to find it even more moving when viewed today. John Garfield and Dane Clark gave two of their finest performances in this movie about a Marine blinded on Guadacanal. This story of survival is told in a realistic mixture of the brutal, the bitter and the enduring spark of hope that make living, rather than dead heroes. Some would surely disagree, but I can't help but think that some of the guys who find themselves in Walter Reed and other veteran hospitals recovering from their today's war wounds might get a great deal out of this beautifully acted--and seldom shown--"period piece". It's a pity it's not on dvd/vhs. WHY??


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