MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 3,799 this week

Story of G.I. Joe (1945)

 -  Biography | Drama | War  -  13 July 1945 (USA)
7.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 1,825 users  
Reviews: 37 user | 17 critic

War correspondent Ernie Pyle joins Company C, 18th Infantry as this American army unit fights its way across North Africa in World War II. He comes to know the soldiers and finds much human... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay), 3 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: August

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they recommend for August 2014.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 22 titles
created 29 Mar 2011
 
a list of 25 titles
created 02 Sep 2011
 
a list of 31 titles
created 08 Aug 2012
 
a list of 31 titles
created 12 Jun 2013
 
War
a list of 32 titles
created 10 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Story of G.I. Joe (1945)

Story of G.I. Joe (1945) on IMDb 7.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Story of G.I. Joe.

User Polls

Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Heading west for his health, Colonel Lambeth takes his daughter Rill along. Lost on the desert they are saved by Pecos and Chito. The Colonel hires the two and the Lambeths soon find ... See full summary »

Director: Edward Killy
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Barbara Hale, Richard Martin
Nevada (1944)
Certificate: Passed Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Just as Nevada wins $7000 in yellowback bills, Ben Ide takes his #7000 in yellowbacks and heads out to buy mining equipment. Burridge has his man Powell kill Ide and retrieve the money and ... See full summary »

Director: Edward Killy
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Anne Jeffreys, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Three former marines have a hard time readjusting to civilian life. Perry can't deal with the loss of the use of his legs. William is in trouble with bad debts. And Cliff can't decide what ... See full summary »

Director: Edward Dmytryk
Stars: Dorothy McGuire, Robert Mitchum, Guy Madison
Comedy | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A young girl rents an apartment from a man who has recently enlisted in the Marines. The trouble is that he's given out keys to a half-dozen of his friends, and they all keep dropping in.

Director: Joe May
Stars: Simone Simon, James Ellison, William Terry
False Colors (1943)
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

To obtain water rights, bad guy Mark Foster murders the heir to a cattle ranch and puts an imposter in his place.

Director: George Archainbaud
Stars: William Boyd, Andy Clyde, Jimmy Rogers
Bar 20 (1943)
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Stagecoach robbers take the money Hoppy was going to use to buy cattle so Hoppy, California and Lin go after them.

Director: Lesley Selander
Stars: William Boyd, Andy Clyde, George Reeves
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Barbara Beaurevel lives with her aunt and cousin in New Orleans in the late 1800's. In love with Mark Lucas, a research doctor at Tulane University, her plans to marry him are thwarted. ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Stevenson
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Ava Gardner, Melvyn Douglas
Aerial Gunner (1943)
War | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Old rivals are pitted against each other in basic training and fight for the same woman.

Director: William H. Pine
Stars: Richard Arlen, Chester Morris, Jimmy Lydon
Comedy | Music | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.1/10 X  

Band leader and singer Danny O'Keefe, is drafted into the U.S. Army, along with three members of his orchestra, Chuck, Corny and Tiny, known as 'The Jesters.' Danny is unhappy because he ... See full summary »

Director: Lew Landers
Stars: Kenny Baker, Jeff Donnell, Lynn Merrick
Crossfire (1947)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A man is murdered, apparently by one of a group of soldiers just out of the army. But which one? And why?

Director: Edward Dmytryk
Stars: Robert Young, Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan
Girl Rush (1944)
Comedy | Western | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Two unsuccesful vaudeville entertainers decide to search for gold during the Californian goldrush in 1849. They come to a town where no woman lives. The dewellers of this town promise them ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: Wally Brown, Alan Carney, Frances Langford
Border Patrol (1943)
Action | Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

When three Texas Rangers try to investigate kidnapped Mexicans being used as forced labor in the mines of Silver Bullet, they are framed for murder by the town's corrupt sheriff.

Director: Lesley Selander
Stars: William Boyd, Andy Clyde, Jay Kirby
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Ernie Pyle - Scripps-Howard War Correspondent
...
Lt. Walker
Freddie Steele ...
Sgt. Warnicki
Wally Cassell ...
Pvt. Dondaro
Jimmy Lloyd ...
Pvt. Spencer
John R. Reilly ...
Pvt. Murphy (as John Reilly)
William Murphy ...
Pvt. Mew (as Bill Murphy)
Sicily and Italy Combat Veterans of the Campaigns in Africa ...
Themselves
Edit

Storyline

War correspondent Ernie Pyle joins Company C, 18th Infantry as this American army unit fights its way across North Africa in World War II. He comes to know the soldiers and finds much human interest material for his readers back in the States. Later, he catches up with the unit in Italy and accompanies it through the battles of San Vittorio and Cassino. He learns from its commanding officer, Lt. (later Capt.) Bill Walker of the loneliness of command, and from the individual G.I.'s of the human capacity to survive drudgery, discomfort, and the terror of combat. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Mitchum's greatest...is the screen's mightiest action drama ! See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

13 July 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ernie Pyle's Story of G.I. Joe  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Several of the humorous lines spoken by G.I.s in the film are taken, uncredited, from WWII cartoonist Bill Mauldin's "Willie and Joe" characters. See more »

Goofs

After 34 minutes a camouflaged M4 Sherman is seen firing. Moments later when the tank is hit and burns it has transformed into a non camouflaged M3 Lee. flagged M3 Lee. See more »

Quotes

Pvt. Dondaro: Hey Pop, why wasn't you born a beautiful dame? Or even an ugly one?
See more »

Crazy Credits

There are absolutely no credits at the end of the film, not even the words "The End". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Into the Breach: 'Saving Private Ryan' (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Dixie
(uncredited)
[Traditional American song often credited to Daniel Decatur Everett (1850). Played on G.I. harmonica]
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Chronicler of the Infantry
11 July 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

It's odd that a director noted for his aviation films would choose to direct a film about the infantry, but William Wellman knew a great subject when he saw it. Remember he also did the deservedly highly acclaimed Battleground.

Independent producer Lucas Cowen got together with Ernie Pyle and approached Wellman. They left copies of the stories Pyle wrote from the front in Africa and Italy and Wellman read them in a night's sitting and agreed to do the film.

The Story of GI Joe is based on the various stories and characters that World War II's most famous correspondent encountered. In fact aside from Robert Mitchum and a couple of other actors, the men in this film are real GIs who were in transit from the European to the Pacific Theater and a lot were killed after they arrived in the Pacific as did the real Ernie Pyle who never got to see the finished product.

Burgess Meredith does a fine job recreating the modest chronicler that was Ernie Pyle. In civilian life aside from news stories, Pyle was famous for his cross country travels and stories he wrote about people from all walks of life. Very much like the late television commentator Charles Kuralt did on CBS morning news on Sundays.

When war broke out Pyle did not cover the war of the generals, he spent his time with the troops and told their story. For that he was respected and beloved as now other war correspondent has ever been before or since. In this film Pyle is introduced to the men of one company which transports him to that first American battle and defeat at Kasserine Pass in north Africa. And he runs into them again and again through Sicily right to the liberation of Rome.

Robert Mitchum plays the lieutenant later captain in charge of this company. He'd broken into films with some Hopalong Cassidy pictures and did bits in other films. In fact when its cowboy star Tim Holt enlisted in the armed forces, RKO pictures had signed Mitchum to be his replacement and he'd done two films Nevada and West of the Pecos when he read for the part of Lieutenant Walker.

If it weren't for this film, Robert Mitchum might have continued to be a B picture cowboy star. For his portrayal of the stern, but compassionate officer in whom Pyle finds a kindred spirit, Robert Mitchum got his only Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He lost that year to James Dunn for A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. He never received another nomination, but he certainly became a legend although he'd have been the first to debunk that title.

Lots of newsreel footage from the Mediterranean theater make The Story of GI Joe one of the most realistic war films ever done. That's remarkable too, considering most of the Hollywood product back then was propaganda hype, good and bad. It has remained a classic to this day and a wonderful tribute to that chronicler of the infantry, Ernie Pyle.


16 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Yet another movie showing how incompetent german soldiers were alphaboo
Bill Mauldin material ripped off? rac701
the dog maryelizabeth4109
Any word on a new print of the DVD? joseywales-3
Full Metal Jacket ourari
About Ernie Pyle and this film. rctc595
Discuss Story of G.I. Joe (1945) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?