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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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30 October 1953 (USA)  »

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The Making of a Marine  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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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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La Cucaracha
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Arranged by Skip Martin
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Will always be one of my favorite movies!
28 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Okay, this is not a great movie when considering it in the war movie genre or side by side with some of the classics that both Richard Widmark and Karl Malden made, but I will always think this as one of my favorites because my father is one of the extras in the movie. Take the High Ground was filmed at Fort Bliss in El Paso, TX in 1953 when my dad was in advanced training before being sent to Korea. When the movie crew came to the base, my dad's training platoon was "loaned" to the filmmakers by the Dept. of Defense to make the training scenes look a bit more realistic. There are the five or so "recruits" played by actors, then the rest are real U.S. Army soldiers. Whenever I watch this with my friends, I'm proud to point out my old man as one of the soldiers marching by, under the watchful eyes of Richard Widmark and Karl Malden. After the filming was over, Widmark and Malden took several of the soldiers (including my dad) out on the town to thank them for helping with the film. Both Widmark and Malden were classy men, and right away became my dad's favorite actors/stars. He just wishes that Elaine Stewart filmed her scenes in El Paso, instead of staying in Hollywood where they were shot at the studio.


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