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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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Lee Diamond
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Rosemary DeCamp ...
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Ella Mae Merchant
Ann E. Todd ...
Loretta Merchant (as Ann Todd)
Warren Douglas ...
Don McGuire ...
Bill aka Irish
Tom D'Andrea ...
Rory Mallinson ...
Mark Stevens ...
Ainslee (as Stephen Richards)
Johnny Rivers
Moroni Olsen ...
Capt. Burroughs


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24 August 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El orgullo de los marines  »

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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 Schmid: Lucy, I want a kiss that'll last me me the duration. You got one like that?
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surprisingly good and accurate war flick
2 August 2005 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Most war films made in the US during WWII were great fun to watch but suffered from severe gaps in realism because they were being produced more for propaganda value to raise the spirits at home than anything else. I am not knocking these films as many of them are still very watchable. However, because they so often lack realism they are prevented from being truly great films. A perfect example was the John Garfield film Air Force--in which a B-17 nearly single-handedly takes out half the Japanese air force! However, Pride Of The Marines is a welcome departure--scoring high marks for portraying a true story in a reasonably accurate manner. When I first saw this film, I thought it was NOT a true story as it seemed way too improbable to be true. However, after researching further I found that it was in fact rather true to the amazing story of two men who did so much to earn the Medal of Honor. This is one case where real life seemed too incredible to be true!

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