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
Sgt. Warnicke starts out carrying an M1A1 model Thompson submachine gun in North Africa at the beginning of the film, but ends up carrying - and firing - an earlier-model M1928A1 Thompson for most of the movie. See more »
When the dead body of Captain Walker (Robert Mitchum) is on the ground, awaiting pick-up by the Graves detail, his eyelids flutter continually during close-ups. See more »
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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