Story of G.I. Joe (1945)

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The story of men at war and that of the esteemed Pulitzer prize winning war correspondent Ernie Pyle. Soon after the U.S. entry into World War II, Pyle joined C Company, 18th Infantry in ... See full summary »



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


The story of men at war and that of the esteemed Pulitzer prize winning war correspondent Ernie Pyle. Soon after the U.S. entry into World War II, Pyle joined C Company, 18th Infantry in North Africa. There he got to know the men and often wrote about them in his columns mentioning them by name, something both the soldiers and their families back home appreciated. Pyle moved to other units but as C Company is the first he went into combat with, he considers them "his" company and rejoins them in Italy. Many will die but his reporting brings a human face to war. Written by garykmcd

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13 July 1945 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower called this the finest war film he had ever seen. See more »


The unit Pyle is with -the 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division- never fought in the Italian campaign. After the Sicilian campaign ended, it was brought back to England and began training for the D-Day invasion in Normandy. The 1st Division would eventually spearhead the assault on Omaha Beach. See more »


Pvt. Robert "Wingless" Murphy: Look, this is a modern war, ain't it? And I'm a modern guy, and the modern age is up in the air, not down here.
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Opening credits: With the exception of persons whose true names are used, the characters and events portrayed are fictional. Any similarity to other persons living or dead is purely coincidental. See more »


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


Written by Ann Ronell
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20 February 2004 | by (Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico) – See all my reviews

The Story of G.I. Joe chronicles the experiences of an infantry unit in Italy as told by war correspondent Ernie Pyle, who is played by Burgess Meredith. War weary Robert Mitchum plays the platoon leader. While we can see that the movie was largely made in the studio, the great photography and direction move it along. Cold feet, mud, frustration, and homesickness are effectively demonstrated at the expense of battle scenes.

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