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Bright Victory (1951)

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:
Judy Greene
Chris Paterson (as Julia Adams)
James Edwards ...
Joe Morgan
Mr. Lawrence Nevins
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 <jeannee@uwyo.edu>

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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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First shown on New York television on 25 March 1967 on WCBS Channel 2. 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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18 February 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

"Bright Victory" came as a total surprise. The film is not seen as much as it should, because of its positive message. Mark Robson directed with an eye to detail. "Bright Victory" was adapted by Robert Bruckner and has a pleasant music score by Frank Skinner.

In spite of taking place during WWII, the movie seems timeless right now because of the Iraqi conflict. We are shown an Army hospital where the young soldiers are seen rehabilitating and learning new skills for their permanent disabilities. The wounded men we see in the Army facility at Valley Forge, Pa., are being treated because of their blindness as a result of wounds received in combat.

For a 1951 film, "Bright Victory", was light years ahead since the young G.I.s we see in the hospital have to come to terms with the fact they will not be able to see again in their lives. It's a credit to its director and screen writer to present this new reality the soldiers are going through with compassion and dignity.

A great performance from Arthur Kennedy, one of the best actors of that era, makes this movie appealing. Peggy Dow, as the compassionate young woman who volunteers in entertaining the wounded soldiers, is a welcome presence in the film. Mr. Kennedy and Ms. Dow made the film even better because their no nonsense approach to the portrayal of these two souls that find one another in the worst possible circumstances.

The movie also presents in smaller roles actors that went to have careers of their own. Will Geer, James Edwards, Jim Backus, Richard Egan, Murray Hamilton, Rock Hudson, and Jerry Paris play as part of the ensemble cast gathered for "Bright Victory".

This film is worth seeing because it shows us how some people overcome a terrible fate in a way we never thought possible.

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