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 ... See full summary »
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
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The airplane disaster that killed romantic lead actor Leslie Howard is mentioned in this film. See more »
Sgt. Nevins is having a newspaper read to him, and the death of Leslie Howard is one of the stories. The date on the paper is given as September 3, 1943. Leslie Howard actually died on June 1, 1943. See more »
I've seen this movie many times, and it still holds up beautifully for a nearly half-century old film. The music, direction, photography are top-notch. The racial issues still exist to this day (how sad). Another fine film at the same time was "the Men"(1950), starring Marlon Brando. For "Bright Victory", best of all was the magical performances of all the players: Arthur Kennedy is heart-renching as the blinded soldier, James Edwards [who starred in the superb racial-themed "Home of the Brave" (1949)] is so real, you wonder why this sensitive actor never hit the big time. Jim Backus and Nana Bryant are warm and wonderful as Kennedy's parents. This was the first Universal-International film for lovely Julie ("Julia") Adams as Kennedy's girl back home. Adams co-starred in "Creature From the Black Lagoon" (1954) among scores of others. And lastly, the amazingly talented Peggy Dow portrayed Kennedy's guide to emotional recovery with sympathetic and graceful conviction. What happened to Dow? Per "The Film Lover's Companion" by David Quinlan, 1997, which lists over 2000 stars and co-stars, including Adams and Kennedy, Dow, a former medical student, became a rising actress in a handful of good films, before quitting to become Mrs. Walter Helmerich III in 1951.
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