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13 out of 13 people found the following review useful:

A Feeling Of Terrible Guilt

6/10
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York
26 January 2012

Beyond Glory casts Alan Ladd as a West Point cadet, a former soldier from the late war who carries around a feeling of terrible guilt in that he caused the death of his commanding officer in Tunisia played by Tom Neal. The fact that he was admitted should have told him he was all right by army standards. He's more than all right by the standards of Donna Reed who is Neal's widow and she's relying on nothing more than woman's intuition.

It all comes out in the open after cadet Conrad Janis is dismissed for violating the Academy honor code at Ladd's behest. Janis goes crying to his rich father Harold Vermilyea who then hires a high priced lawyer in George Coulouris to get a court of inquiry going. The whole business regarding Ladd in Tunisia is all about to come out.

Coulouris is a real shark and I'm sure his services didn't come cheap. He's also got a bigger mission in mind, the whole structure of West Point involving the cadet honor code. His opposite number here is George MacReady who usually is competing with Coulouris for the kind of parts that Coulouris has in Beyond Glory. For one of the few times in his career, George MacReady is a good guy and that takes a bit of getting used to.

By the way the explanation for what happened to Ladd and Neal in Tunisia is deceptively simple. I won't reveal it of course, but let us say that frankness and open communication among friends and comrades was definitely required here.

One of the West Point class of 1915 and lately the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, Dwight D. Eisenhower appears in newsreel footage giving a speech to what would have been Ladd's graduating class. You can't a more official imprimatur than that for Beyond Glory. And if that's not enough Audie Murphy makes his screen debut as one of Ladd's fellow cadets.

Beyond Glory with background footage of West Point in the tradition of such other tribute films like Flirtation Walk, The Long Gray Line, and The West Point Story is a well made film. I think today's audiences will like it.

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8 out of 15 people found the following review useful:

Under-appreciated Alan Ladd film.

10/10
Author: vitaleralphlouis from United States
6 November 2009

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Set in West Point just after World War II, this fine film involves a trial-like hearing in which West Point is accused of certain abuses -- by a bunch of anti-Americans who act like they stepped right out of Congress circa 2009.

The story centers on Alan Ladd, now serving as an instructor, and a battlefield incident whereby he's accused of cowardice. Donna Reed plays a war widow who becomes friends with Ladd, and Audie Murphy has his first screen role in a minor part. The conclusion includes a glimpse of General Dwight Eisenhower.

The entire film is dis-recommended for Liberal cut-n-run's, obviously. Try looking for this one on eBay and cross your fingers.

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7 out of 16 people found the following review useful:

Beyond Glory? This is a spoiler

Author: Faith (legacyag@chibardun.net) from Shell Lake Wisconsin, USA
2 April 2002

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In this film a young cadet believes he has been mistreated and has a court for "Rocky" Gilman, Allan Ladd, during the court period it is brought up that during the war Gilman's best friend died possible because Gilman "froze" during combat. The young cadet who brought up the charges, urges his lawyer to pirsue the tactic that Gilman was a coward, which the lawyer does. As the story goes on, it is found that Gilman is not a coward that in fact he blacked out during combat. The ending is good and the plot is excellent. Audie Murphy has his first apperance as a friend.

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