Bright Victory (1951)

 |  Drama, War  |  16 July 1951 (USA)
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After he gets blinded by a German sniper's bullet in 1943, Sergeant Larry Nevins begins the long and painful road to recovery.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peggy Dow ...
Judy Greene
Chris Paterson (as Julia Adams)
James Edwards ...
Joe Morgan
Mr. Lawrence Nevins
Nana Bryant ...
Mrs. Claire Nevins
Bill Grayson
Minor Watson ...
Mr. Edward Paterson
Joan Banks ...
Janet Grayson
Sgt. John Masterson
John Hudson ...
Cpl. John Flagg
Marjorie Crossland ...
Mrs. Paterson
Donald Miele ...
'Moose' Garvey
Pete Hamilton
Jess Coe


In North Africa during World War II, Sergeant Larry Nevins is blinded by a German sniper's bullet. Rehabilitation at the military hospital presents many challenges, but accepting his disability also proves to be difficult for others. Written by Jeanne Armintrout <>

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Release Date:

16 July 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lights Out  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The airplane disaster that killed romantic lead actor Leslie Howard is mentioned in this film. See more »


The locomotive pulling the train when Joe arrives home in Florida was not produced by American Locomotive Company until 1950, seven years after the actual event. Diesel locomotives were not used on local trains until after the war years. See more »

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Moving Post WWII Drama
22 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In "Dark Victory" the lead goes blind and faces encroaching death. In "Bright Victory" the lead's already blind and faces encroaching life.

The latter seems far more challenging.

Arthur Kennedy's Oscar-nominated performance as Larry buoys this film from start to finish. His excellent naturalistic style is perfect for the returning disabled vet.

Peggy Dow (as Judy) and Julie Adams (as Chris) are both fine as the women in Larry's life. The script is so sensitively written that both female characters are totally believable in their motivations.

James Edwards delivers his usual solid work as Joe, Larry's best friend.

Mark Robson's direction is efficient and level headed, and the photography, editing and music are all extremely tasteful.

This is one of Authur Kennedy's finest hours, amongst a distinguished body of work during a most versatile career.

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