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Battle Cry (1955)

 -  Drama | Romance | War  -  2 February 1955 (USA)
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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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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

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

2 February 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le cri de la victoire  »

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(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

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

Goofs

Mrs. Pat Rogers speaks with an American accent even though she's from New Zealand and both her parents speak with a New Zealand accent. 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

You Go to My Head
(uncredited)
Music by J. Fred Coots
Played on the piano during the restaurant scene
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It helps to be old enough
17 February 2002 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

For those of us who lived thru the War, BATTLE CRY is a splendid multi story Marines in Love and War drama, masterfully overseen by veteran Raoul Walsh, with a career perf by Aldo Ray, backed with fine work from Van Heflin, James Whitmore, Tab Hunter, Nancy Olson and others in a star cast. A huge box office hit from an equally big bestseller, marking a vast improvement on the book. Sentimental, exciting, plausible, involving and thoroughly entertaining; its 149 minute running time paced properly, unlike today's bloated epics, which seem to embrace overlength as a substitute for content and skill. Unlike Spielberg's yawner, CRY didn't need to resort to F/X bloodbaths to awaken the audience's attention.

I saw BATTLE CRY on Feb. 19, 1955 at the Laurel Theatre in San Carlos, a Saturday night at the movies in an Art Deco suburban house. Maybe you have to be 66 to appreciate this film for what it represents; and maybe you need to be 26 to swallow Spielberg's version of D-Day. I'll stick with BATTLE CRY.


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