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Director:
Writers:
Carl Foreman (story)
Carl Foreman (screenplay)
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Release Date:
September 1950 (Italy) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A completely new experience between men and women.
Plot:
Paralized war vet tries to adjust to the world without the use of his limbs. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(14 articles)
User Reviews:
A film with guts See more (52 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Marlon Brando ... Ken

Teresa Wright ... Ellen

Everett Sloane ... Dr. Brock

Jack Webb ... Norm

Richard Erdman ... Leo
Arthur Jurado ... Angel
Virginia Farmer ... Nurse Robbins
Dorothy Tree ... Ellen's Mother
Howard St. John ... Ellen's Father
Nita Hunter ... Dolores
Patricia Joiner ... Laverne
John 'Skins' Miller ... Mr. Doolin (as John Miller)
Cliff Clark ... Dr. Kameran

Ray Teal ... Man at Bar
Marguerite Martin ... Angel's Mother
Forty Five of The Men of Birmingham Veterans Administration Hospital ... Themselves (as And .... Forty Five of The Men of Birmingham Veterans Administration Hospital)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ted Anderson ... PVA Board (uncredited)
Marshall Ball ... Romano (uncredited)

Polly Bergen ... Nightclub singer (uncredited) (singing voice)
Ralph Brooks ... Therapist (uncredited)
Virginia Christine ... Patient's Wife at Lecture (uncredited)
Tom Coleman ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Rhoda Cormeny ... Nurse (uncredited)
Sayre Dearing ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Tom Gillick ... Fine (uncredited)
Sam Gilman ... (uncredited)
Pat Grissom ... PVA Board (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ... Bartender (uncredited)
John Hamilton ... Justice of the Peace (uncredited)
Victoria Horne ... Paraplegic's Wife (uncredited)
Norman Karr ... Doctor (uncredited)

DeForest Kelley ... Dr. Sherman (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Staring Diner (uncredited)
William Lea Jr. ... Walter (uncredited)
Carlo Lewis ... Gunderson (uncredited)
Muriel Maddox ... Woman in Street (uncredited)
Ray Mitchell ... Thompson (uncredited)
Eunice Newberry ... Nurse (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Nightclub Waiter (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Hospital Orderly (uncredited)
Obie Parker ... The Lookout (uncredited)
Paul Peltz ... Hopkins (uncredited)
Pete Simon ... Mullin, PVA Board (uncredited)
Randall Updyke III ... Baker (uncredited)
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Directed by
Fred Zinnemann 
 
Writing credits
Carl Foreman (story)

Carl Foreman (screenplay)

Produced by
Georges Glass .... associate producer
Stanley Kramer .... producer
 
Original Music by
Dimitri Tiomkin 
 
Cinematography by
Robert De Grasse (photography) (as Robert de Grasse)
 
Film Editing by
Harry W. Gerstad  (as Harry Gerstad)
 
Production Design by
Rudolph Sternad 
 
Set Decoration by
Edward G. Boyle 
 
Makeup Department
Hollis Barnes .... hair stylist
Gustaf Norin .... makeup artist (as Gus Norin)
 
Production Management
Clem Beauchamp .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lloyd Richards .... assistant director
Larry Buchanan .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jean L. Speak .... sound engineer (as Jean Speak)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James Potevin .... lighting effects
Morris Rosen .... head grip
Charles Burke .... camera operator (uncredited)
Scotty Welbourne .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joe King .... wardrobe: men's
Ann Peck .... wardrobe: ladies'
 
Music Department
Dimitri Tiomkin .... music director
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Herbert Taylor .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Ted Anderson .... technical advisor
Pat Grissom .... technical advisor
Don Weis .... dialogue director
Herbert Wolf .... technical advisor
Pete Simon .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Battle Stripe" - USA (reissue title)
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Runtime:
85 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:S | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) (1997) | UK:A (re-release: as Battle Stripe) (1958) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #14228) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Trivia:
In the early part of the film, inside the hospital ward, a paraplegic solider is reading Superman comic book, #62. #62: Black Magic on Mars (January/February 1950) involves a plot line with Orson Welles and his famous radio broadcast, "War of the Worlds" about Martian invasion of America. Welles may have been promoting his new film, Black Magic (1949). Harry W. Gerstad, Gustaf Norin, Jean Speak, and Clem Beauchamp, production staff for many of Kramer's films, would later work for the 1950s television series, "Adventures of Superman" (1952).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Ellen touches Ken's face in the car, her hand changes position between shots.See more »
Quotes:
Ellen's father:If he loves you as much you love him, he'll make you go.
Ellen:You've been so clever, so logical, I've never knew that you handled words so well.
Ellen's father:That's not an answer, Elly.
Ellen:You weren't quite so logical a few years ago when we needed some boys to ground and get killed or paralyzed.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Brando (2007) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Waltz in B Flat MajorSee more »

FAQ

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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
A film with guts, 22 March 2002
Author: Jeff Hill (jeffhill1@hotmail.com) from Sapporo, Japan

Marlon Brando's first film, "The Men" is conspicuous for many things

including how little he got paid for it, the method acting that went

into it, and the time Brando spent living like a patient in a veteran's

paraplegic hospital. One story I heard was that one night when Brando

was at a public place with the other (real) patients, a Bible thumper

started ranting about the power of faith. Brando gestured the man over

and asked him, "Let me ask you something, mister. If my faith is

strong enough, will I be able to walk again?" The religious ranter

paused and then said, "Yes, son. If it is God's will, you will even

be able to walk again." So Brando responded with mock sincerity,

"Well, by God, I am going to try right now." With that, he made a

few straining, unsuccessful attempts to raise out of his wheelchair.

But then he gave it his all, stood up completely, and went tap dancing

out of the establishment, much to the shock of the Bible thumper, and

much to the boisterous laughter of the other men in wheelchairs.

I choose to believe this story is true and that it, in effect,

created the scene when drunk Ray Teal comes over and starts patronizing

the characters played by Brando and Richard Erdman. Brando asks Ray

Teal, "Let me ask you something, mister. Could I marry your daughter?"

A sarcastic banter ensues and eventually Brando punches out Teal who

seemed to be discovering his type casting mold as an obnoxious

character who gets punched out ("Best Years of Our Lives") and a

bartender in Brando films ("The Wild One" and "One Eyed Jacks")

I'd like to ad a personal note to authenticate the serious message

of "The Men." Over ten years ago I taught a Japanese secondary

student whose English ability was extremely low. But her desire, her

drive, and her determination to learn were extremely high. After about

a year of struggle with words and sentences, she wrote her first

authentic essay for me. I had assigned an essay about someone she

admired. She wrote about her father who had lost his legs in an

industrial accident, but whose desire, drive, and determination to

become independent were extremely high. She concluded with, "My

father has learned to do many things. But the most difficult thing he

has learned is how to accept help for those things he really can't do."

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