A group of young Marines have adventures in love and war.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Major Sam Huxley (CO, 2nd Bn., 6th Marine Regt.)
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Pvt. / Pfc Andy Hookens
Mona Freeman ...
Kathy, later: Mrs. Danny Forrester
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Mrs. Pat Rogers
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MSgt. Mac / Narrator
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Maj. Gen. Snipes
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Pvt. / Cpl. Dan 'Danny' Forrester
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Mrs. Elaine Yarborough (USO manager in San Diego)
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Rae
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Pvt. 'Ski' Wronski
John Lupton ...
Pvt. / Cpl. Marion 'Sister Mary' Hotchkiss
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Pvt. L.Q. Jones (as Justus E. McQueen)
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Pvt. Joe Gomez aka Spanish Joe
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Pvt. Speedy
Jonas Applegarth ...
Pvt. Lighttower (Navajo Phonetalker)
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In 1942, a group of young men join the Marines, leaving loved ones behind. Primed for battle, they are frustrated by many non-combat assignments, as we follow their wartime romances, especially Andy Hookens' involvement with Pat, a New Zealand widow. Andy and Pat have just decided that war requires them to 'live for the moment' when, in 1944, our team finally goes into a real battle... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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THE SCORCHINGLY PERSONAL BEST-SELLER! (original print ad - all caps)

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Drama | Romance | War

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2 February 1955 (USA)  »

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Le cri de la victoire  »

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(RCA Sound System) (magnetic prints)| (RCA Sound System) (optical prints)

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2.55 : 1
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Trivia

The ship shown in the Saipan landing scene was the USS Pima County (LST-1081). See more »

Goofs

Although the story takes place in 1942, all of the women's clothing and hairstyles, particularly those of Nancy Olson, Dorothy Malone and Mona Freeman, are strictly 1954; the sole exception is Anne Francis, whose appearance does actually imply the correct era at least to some extent. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Elaine Yarborough: Let's take a dip in the pool.
Pvt.: I haven't got a suit.
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Connections

Referenced in Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall: Episode #8.23 (1956) See more »

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Put 'em in a Box, Tie 'em with a Ribbon (and Throw 'em in the Deep Blue Sea)
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Music by Jule Styne
Played during the company dance in New Zealand
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Lots of nostalgia
3 March 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this film in 1959 in a theater in Oceanside, Ca. I was in ITR, Los Polgas, Camp Pendleton. It was great then, but now, this 70 y/o watches it with a sad heart and a yearning for being back in. I recognized every building at Camp Pendleton, and much of the terrain. I'd walked, crawled and run over, around and through most of it. The San Diego ferry, now gone, was so neat. Believe it or not I used to catch to Grey Hound from Oceanburg to Dago, I had a sister that live at Imperial Beach. I'd take the ferry to Coronado. It was such a peaceful, serene short voyage, chance to gather one's thoughts. I do think the combat was well enough done, done so sure about all this blood and guts they show now. Even more so, the absence of the absolutely filthy language they feel they have to use now,aka "sewer pipe for a mouth", my analogy. We used a little profanity, but never filth like they do now. Didn't used to have to put that "some scenes my be objectable" stuff, the whole family could watch. Great movie, Semper Fi, especially to my brothers, the former Marine's. Keep your K-bar whet, and your haversack dry>


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