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The Glory Brigade (1953)

Approved | | Action, Drama, War | 20 May 1953 (USA)
During the Korean War, an American unit of combat engineers must work with Greek troops in order to perform a reconnaissance mission behind Communist lines.



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Complete credited cast:
Lt. Sam Pryor
Lt. Niklas
Cpl. Bowman
Sgt. Johnson
Nick Dennis ...
Cpl. Marakis
Sgt. Chuck Anderson
Alvy Moore ...
Pvt. 'Stoney' Stone
Russell Evans ...
Pvt. Taylor
Henry Kulky ...
Sgt. 'Smitty' Smitkowsky
Gregg Martell ...
Pvt. Ryan


During the Korean War Lt. Sam Pryor volunteers his platoon to escort Greek troops to perform a reconnaissance mission behind Communist lines. Due to his Greek heritage Pryor is initially proud to accompany the Greek contingent but his feelings change to scorn and mistrust when what he believes is cowardice shown by the Greek soldiers and their leaders results in the near annihiliation of his own platoon. An uneasy alliance is maintained between the US and Greek troops as the enemy's true objective is learned. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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You'll Never Love So Hard In Your Life... as these hard-hitting guys hit the dirt... and come up fighting!


Action | Drama | War


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Release Date:

20 May 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Baptism of Fire  »

Box Office


$850,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Special effects crew member Jess Wolf died from injuries suffered while working on a dynamite blast for the film. See more »


[Pryor's men discover their Greek allies are dancing around their campfire before battle]
Pvt. 'Stoney' Stone: Fantastic fighters? Ha!
Lt. Sam Pryor: If ever a private was askin' to be busted...
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Doesn`t Live Up To Its Potential
12 February 2004 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

Victor Mature plays Lt Sam Pryor an American officer of Greek descent who is given the task of leading a platoon of Greek soldiers during the Korean war

This had the potential to be a fairly good war film dealing with profound subjects like cowardice , ethnicity and identity . Unfortunately somewhere along the line something went wrong but I`m not entirely sure what . I guess all the ingrediants are there for a deeply scathing anti- war film but since THE GLORY BRIGADE has a fairly short running time it`s probably been produced by the studio as a B movie to be put on before the main feature which is a pity since it had a lot of potential , but I guess it deserves some credit for pointing out that the Americans didn`t fight the Korean war single handed

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