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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Peggy Dow ...
Judy Greene
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Chris Paterson (as Julia Adams)
James Edwards ...
Joe Morgan
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Mr. Lawrence Nevins
Nana Bryant ...
Mrs. Claire Nevins
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Bill Grayson
Minor Watson ...
Mr. Edward Paterson
Joan Banks ...
Janet Grayson
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Sgt. John Masterson
John Hudson ...
Cpl. John Flagg
Marjorie Crossland ...
Mrs. Paterson
Donald Miele ...
'Moose' Garvey
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Pete Hamilton
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Jess Coe
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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 <jeannee@uwyo.edu>

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16 July 1951 (USA)  »

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

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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 »

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Compares favorably with "Best Years of our Lives"
12 November 1998 | by (Farmington Hills, MI, USA) – See all my reviews

I stumbled upon this excellent and compelling film during AMC's "Veterans' Day Movie Marathon." Dealing with a soldier's (Arthur Kennedy) rehabilitation after losing his sight during WWII in surprisingly frank ways for its time (released in 1951), this seems to me to be the first time I saw raw racism and its consequences in a film. A superb love story on the surface, it's the underlying themes of classism, racism and realistically dealing with the handicapped which set it a notch above the terrific 1946 film, "The Best Years of our Lives." Face it, Harold Russell, while a hero, was no actor. The electricity between Kennedy and his new "friend" (played by Peggy Dow ~ whatever became of this talented actress? Her career lasted only 4 years) is remarkable. Happy ending doesn't detract.


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