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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 very powerful drama 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

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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: The way Dr. Brock holds Addison's crutches changes 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 City Island (2009)See more »
Soundtrack:
Waltz in B Flat MajorSee more »

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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
A very powerful drama, 8 January 1999
Author: Varlaam from Toronto, Canada

Marlon Brando, Jack Webb, and Richard Erdman play three paraplegic war veterans in a VA hospital, where they are mired in cynicism and self-pity. Brando marries Teresa Wright with agonizing results.

The emotions in this drama are all really strong -- rage, frustration, anguish. The ending is a hopeful one, but the characters and the viewer have to undergo some torment to get there.

Brando must have been a revelation in 1950. He's explosive. Only his crippled legs keep him confined to his chair. Jack Webb -- Sgt. Joe Friday -- is far, far better than one would expect. (Actually, he did quite a good job with his small part in "Sunset Boulevard" too, before he was forever typecast.) Everett Sloane -- memorable in "Citizen Kane", "Lady From Shanghai", "The Enforcer" -- is their doctor who has to be cruel to be kind. The cast is filled out by "the men of the Birmingham VA hospital".

Stanley Kramer liked to produce "message" dramas. He tended to overdo it late in his career, but this is still early on. Fred Zinnemann directed a script by Carl Foreman, and these two would team up again on "High Noon". Foreman was then blacklisted by HUAC, getting no screen credit for his screenplay for "The Bridge on the River Kwai".

Not for the faint-hearted, but a fine film which deserves to be better known.

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