To Hell and Back (1955)

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The true WWII story of Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier in U.S. history. Based on the autobiography of Audie Murphy who stars as himself in the film.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Drake ...
Gregg Palmer ...
Lieutenant Manning
Lieutenant Lee
Richard Castle ...
Bruce Cowling ...
Captain Marks
Colonel Howe
Art Aragon ...
Felix Noriego ...


True-life account of the military career of Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier in WWII. Native of Texas, he was placed in charge of his many younger siblings on the death of his mother and decided to join the military at the age of 18 to provide for them. His many acts of bravery and heroism during the US military advance through Italy, France and into Germany earn him increasing rank and responsibility as well as the respect of his comrades in arms. Eventually he receives two dozen of the highest medals the US and France can bestow, culminating in the awarding of the Congressional Medal of Honor. Written by Doug Sederberg <>

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The Exciting True-Life Story Of America's Most Decorated Hero


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Release Date:

18 October 1955 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

L'enfer des hommes  »

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(35 mm optical prints) (Western Electric Recording)| (35 mm magnetic prints)



Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Did You Know?


Audie Murphy originally declined the opportunity to portray himself in the movie, not wanting people to think that he was attempting to cash in on his role as a war hero. Murphy initially suggested his friend Tony Curtis to play him. They had worked together on three Westerns, Sierra (1950), Kansas Raiders (1950) and The Cimarron Kid (1952). See more »


In the final combat scene Audie Murphy is shown on an abandoned and burning M4 Sherman tank, firing its .50-caliber machine gun at the German attackers. In fact, Murphy performed this heroic action on an M10 tank destroyer, not an M4 tank. See more »


Kerrigan: [after a jumpy Murphy shoots at his own image in a mirror] Man, that's the first time I ever seen a Texan beat himself to the draw.
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Edited into The Young Warriors (1967) See more »


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Great War Film
7 May 2003 | by (Baldwin, NY) – See all my reviews

Anyone who knows anything about Audie Murphy and his heroics, knows that the film does not do him justice. He did so much more than the film depicts. However, with the limited time allowed for a movie, the movie is quite good. The story is very accurate of how the US troops moved through Italy. Every time I see that the movie is on, I try to watch it and remember that my father was there!! Enjoy!! And hope we don't have to do it again!!

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