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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 True Great Story by a veteran's son. 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)

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:
Marlon Brando's screen debut. He is reported to have prepared for his role as an embittered paraplegic by lying in bed for a month in a veterans' hospital.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:
Featured in Brando (2007) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Waltz in B Flat MajorSee more »

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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A True Great Story by a veteran's son., 29 October 2002
Author: oscar-35 from working in Movieland

This film holds a personal touch for me because my father was one of the paraplegics featured in this film. I know it's story to be a true and an accurate "slice-of-life" for the late 1940's public views on wheelchair bound veterans. This film is consistant with the producer[Krammer] and director[Zinnemann] film legacy of making socially conscious films. This one is a film gem! Reviewers like "Renee" should realize that there was NO measure of handicapped public awareness in 1949. People would whisper, stare, and step away from people in wheelchairs. Hand controls for cars, ramps & wide doors for wheelchairs in public restraurants, homes and hospitals were still quite new. I know, I was there at my dad's side for many many years. The point of the film was the interest about people overcoming obstacles. The cast was believeable and very outstanding. I find this film to be a very enjoyable memory into seeing again my dad with all his wheelchair friends that I grew to know. My dad and many of the veterans in this film started the Paralyzed Veterans Association or PVA. This organization is still helping needy veterans. My dad lived a very full life. While there are less and less of these "The Men" still alive; their courage and this film's insiteful positive message is worth expressing today. This is an interesting character driven film, hurrah! [This film or it's cast should NOT be compared or confused with the politically radical biography film, "Born of the Fourth of July". They are a study in opposites. My father and I thought that film was horrible and demeaning to wheelchair veterans because of it's director's heavy handed self-serving political viewpoint staged in that film.]

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