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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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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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
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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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Lights Out  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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First shown on New York television on 25 March 1967 on WCBS Channel 2. 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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They Don't Make Them Like They Used To
13 February 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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