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Take the High Ground! (1953)

 -  Comedy | War | Drama  -  30 October 1953 (USA)
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Sgt. Thorne Ryan, who once fought bravely in Korea, now serves as a hard-nosed drill instructor to new Army recruits at Fort Bliss, Texas. But is he really the man he is often described as?... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
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Sgt. Thorne Ryan
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Sgt. Laverne Holt
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Julie Mollison
Carleton Carpenter ...
Merton 'Tex' Tolliver
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Paul Jamison
Jerome Courtland ...
Elvin C. Carey
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Lobo Naglaski
Robert Arthur ...
Donald Quentin Dover IV
Chris Warfield ...
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William Hairston ...
Daniel Hazard
Maurice Jara ...
Franklin D. No Bear
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Sgt. Vince Opperman
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Iris Adrian ...
Mrs. Butterfly (scenes deleted)
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Sgt. Thorne Ryan, who once fought bravely in Korea, now serves as a hard-nosed drill instructor to new Army recruits at Fort Bliss, Texas. But is he really the man he is often described as? His fellow instructor, and friend helps him to face the ghosts of his past experiences in Korea. One night in a bar across the border in Juarez, Mexico, Sgt. Ryan meets a lady who begins to turn his life around. Will this be enough to help him deal with the past? Or will he continue to be so hard on his troops? This movie was filmed mostly on location at Fort Bliss, Texas in El Paso. Written by Vincent Merlaud <merlaud@studi.mathematik.hu-berlin.de>

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Thorne Ryan holds the enlisted rank of Sergeant First Class (E-7), Verne Holt that of Staff Sergeant (E-6), and Ryan's nemesis Opperman is a Master Sergeant (E-8). See more »

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When Ryan and Holt have the troops on a training exercise in the field, Ryan tells Holt to "get back to base." The Army doesn't refer to its facilities as bases. An actual solider would have said "get back to the post." See more »

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Sgt. Thorne Ryan: This is your rifle, and not your gun; it's made for shooting, and not for fun!
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You Know the Drill
6 August 2010 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

At Fort Bliss, Texas in 1953, tough-as-nails drill sergeant Richard Widmark (as Thorne Ryan) prepares the usual motley crew of potential soldiers for service, humphing, "You will never make it!" Assistant sergeant Karl Malden (as Laverne Holt) gives Mr. Widmark a knowing look. Probably, he's seen Widmark whip a series of recruits into fighting shape. In fact, the film might even end with a reprise of the opening scene. Beautiful widow Elaine Stewart (as Julie Mollison) provides the star with romantic interest. "Take the High Ground!" covers familiar territory with no imagination. Everyone is competent, with supporting actor Russ Tamblyn (as Paul Jamison) obviously kicking it up a notch.

***** Take the High Ground! (10/30/53) Richard Brooks ~ Richard Widmark, Karl Malden, Elaine Stewart, Russ Tamblyn


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