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Albert Maltz (screen play)
Marvin Borowsky (adaptation)
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Release Date:
24 August 1945 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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Garfield's best! See more (28 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Garfield ... Al Schmid

Eleanor Parker ... Ruth Hartley

Dane Clark ... Lee Diamond
John Ridgely ... Jim Merchant
Rosemary DeCamp ... Virginia Pfeiffer

Ann Doran ... Ella Mae Merchant

Ann E. Todd ... Loretta Merchant (as Ann Todd)
Warren Douglas ... Kebabian

Don McGuire ... Bill aka Irish
Tom D'Andrea ... Tom
Rory Mallinson ... Doctor

Mark Stevens ... Ainslee (as Stephen Richards)

Anthony Caruso ... Johnny Rivers

Moroni Olsen ... Capt. Burroughs
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leonard Bremen ... Lenny - Guadalcanal Survivor (uncredited)
Michael Browne ... Corpsman (uncredited)
John Compton ... Corporal (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Naval Officer (uncredited)
Charles Evans ... Officer Presenting Al with Distinguished Cross Medal (uncredited)
Mary Gordon ... Lady at Bus Stop (uncredited)

William Haade ... Man at Bus Stop (uncredited)

William Hudson ... Joe - Soldier in Hospital (uncredited)

Fred Kelsey ... Man in Bowling Alley / New Year's Eve Celebrant (uncredited)
John Miles ... Lieutenant (uncredited)
George Reed ... Train Porter (uncredited)
Dick Rich ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Harry Shannon ... Uncle Ralph (uncredited)
John Sheridan ... Marine #2 (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Navy Man in Ward (uncredited)

Dave Willock ... Red (uncredited)
Bud Wolfe ... Ruth's Date (uncredited)

Directed by
Delmer Daves 
Writing credits
Albert Maltz (screen play)

Marvin Borowsky (adaptation)

Roger Butterfield (from a book by)

Delmer Daves  uncredited

Produced by
Jerry Wald .... producer
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer
Original Music by
Franz Waxman 
Cinematography by
J. Peverell Marley (director of photography) (as Peverell Marley)
Film Editing by
Owen Marks (film editor)
Art Direction by
Leo K. Kuter  (as Leo Kuter)
Max Parker (supervising art director) (uncredited)
Set Decoration by
Walter F. Tilford (set decorations)
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur Lueker .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Stanley Jones .... sound
Gordon M. Davis .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
E. Kenneth Martin .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Robert Burks .... special effects (as L. Robert Burks)
Edwin B. DuPar .... special effects (as Edwin Dupar)
William C. McGann .... special photographic effects (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
James Bell .... second camera (uncredited)
Sol Polito .... fill-in photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Milo Anderson .... wardrobe
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Leonid Raab .... orchestral arrangements
Charles David Forrest .... music mixer (uncredited)
Other crew
Louis Aronson .... technical advisor (as Major Louis Aronson United States Marine Corps)
Gordon Warner .... technical advisor (as Major Gordon Warner United States Marine Corps Ret.)
Jack L. Warner .... presenter (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (as Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.) (A Warner Bros.-First National Picture)
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
120 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

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 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 »
Continuity: 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 »
Johnny Rivers:[Complaining about the Guadalcanal foxhole situation] No hole! No sleep! No chow! No smiles! No mail! Not enough planes! Not enough navy! Not enough doctors! We're on the ropes and the referee's up to eight.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Mean Streets (1973)See more »
U.S. Marine Corps HymnSee more »


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41 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
Garfield's best!, 13 July 2001
Author: ethaned56

This former Leatherneck appreciates more and more through the years John Garfield's gut-wrenching performance in the docu-drama PRIDE OF THE MARINES (1945), the true story of war hero Al Schmid who was blinded in combat on Guadalcanal by a Jap grenade. The picture, released a year before BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES, was the first movie to deal in depth with the problems faced by returning vets. Scripted by Albert Maltz, who would eventually be jailed as one of the Hollywood 10, the film would catch major flack from Red-baiters at decade's end because of its politically-charged dialogue in one scene set in a veterans hospital, during which embittered soldiers forcefully voice both their hopes in and suspicions of a post-war society.

The three layers of plotline dramatize an accurate microcosm of American life during a pivotal time period. PRIDE explores in its pre-war first part Garfield's lower-class, working-man roots as only he could portray urban struggles and dreams during the Great Depression. The harrowing middle portion, claustrophobically confined to a cramped and stinking Pacific island foxhole (shared with Dane Clark and Anthony Caruso to form a 3-man machine gun team), graphically captures the fears and horrors of war as few films have.

But it is this citizen/soldier's readjustment in the final sequences, aided by compassionate nurse Rosemary deCamp and home-town fiancee Eleanor Parker (in a performance worthy of a Supporting Oscar nomination) that really packs an emotional wallop. Doubting his self-worth, lost in a sightless world (his post-operative cry of "Why don't God strike me dead!" is chilling), and struggling to comprehend the difference between love and pity, Garfield's perfectly modulated performance combines all the elements of his unique persona (rebellious icon, tough guy, romantic leading man, idealistic spokesman).

Given his devotion throughout the war years to the Hollywood Canteen that he and Bette Davis created, the story must have been very close to his heart. This may be his finest screen role in a career filled with meaningful performances.

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