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Battle Cry (1955)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | 2 February 1955 (USA)
A group of young Marines have adventures in love and war.

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(screenplay) (as Leon M. Uris), (novel) (as Leon M. Uris)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Maj. Sam Huxley - CO, 2nd Bn., 6th Marine Regt.
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Pvt. / Pfc Andy Hookens
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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
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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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Storyline

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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Release Date:

2 February 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le cri de la victoire  »

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Sound Mix:

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

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(WarnerColor)| (archive footage)| (archive footage)

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2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of L.Q. Jones (billed under his real name of "Justus E. McQueen"; he took his character's name in this film as his real name after this film was released). See more »

Goofs

Danny and Kathy make a surprise announcement to their parents in Baltimore that they eloped overnight and were "married in Elkton." While Elkton, Maryland was widely known throughout the Northeast as a spot for quick weddings during the 1920s and 1930s, after 1938 state law required a 48-hr waiting period between issuance of a marriage license and a wedding. Thus, during WWII they could not have eloped without advance planning. 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 Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan
(uncredited)
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Played at the Wellington Canteen when Andy first meets Pat
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A Reel War
2 November 2002 | by (Calfiornia) – See all my reviews

It's not surprising many war veterans like this film. Dramatically framed with a voice-over by James Whitmore as the epitome of a Marine Sergeant who cares about his men but knows the mission is all, the film quickly draws us into the lives of these men and their women in a suspenseful and satisfying way. There is enough good acting by Whitmore, Van Heflin, Dorothy Malone, John Lupton and others to get us past the less well acted and more cliched moments. Some scenarios, such as the tragedy-to-triumph of the lumberjack womanizer(Aldo Ray)and the New Zealand farm widow (Nancy Olson)are superbly plotted and played. There are many memorable moments in the film and Uris' varied characters are well represented.(Please note that Navaho code-talkers are credited here.) Combat and training imagery and sound is generally high quality, but the outstanding aspect of the film is the way it explores the human qualities of those men and women who face the tests of war.


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