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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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Also Known As:

El orgullo de los marines  »

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More than 200 dead Japanese were found around the Schmidt/Diamond/Rivers position after the battle. This represented 1/4 of the attacking force. 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 »

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Tom: Hey, Sarge, where yug goin'?
Sergeant: I got my first three day liberty, Tommy. I'm goin' to losAngeles.
Tom: You got a date?
Sergeant: No.
Tom: You call this number when you get there.
Sergeant: I don't like blind dates!
Tom: She'll be sober when you get there. Give 'er a ring.
Sergeant: What's she like?
Tom: Out of this world!
Sergeant: Out of this world, huh?
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Referenced in The Pacific: Basilone (2010) See more »

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Semper Fidelis
(1888) (uncredited)
Music by John Philip Sousa
Played at the medal ceremony
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Superb technical accuracy
11 November 2000 | by 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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