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Writers:
Harry Brown (screenplay)
Francis Gwaltney (novel)
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Release Date:
5 December 1956 (Japan) See more »
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Tagline:
THE FIERCE FIGHTING FLAMING FURY OF THE SOUTH'S FINEST...THE DIXIE DAREDEVILS WHO BECAME THE HELL-FIGHTERS OF THE PACIFIC! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
Plot:
The spoiled rich son of a wealthy Southerner is changed by his experiences in the Pacific during World War II. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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Overlooked war film from mid-50's has terrific music score See more (15 total) »

Cast

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Robert Wagner ... Sfc. Pvt. Sam Francis Gifford

Terry Moore ... Jenny Gifford

Broderick Crawford ... Capt. 'Waco' Grimes, CO Co.G

Buddy Ebsen ... Pvt. Willie Crawford
Robert Keith ... Col. Cousins

Brad Dexter ... Lt. Joe 'Little Joe' Johnson
Mark Damon ... Pvt. Terry Co. G

Ken Clark ... Morgan

Harvey Lembeck ... Pvt. Bernard "Bernie" Meleski (Co. G)
Skip Homeier ... Pvt. Swanson Co.G

L.Q. Jones ... Pvt. Kenny Co.G
Tod Andrews ... Lt. Ray Mosby

Biff Elliot ... Tom Thumb Co.G
Bart Burns ... Pvt. Raker Co.G
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ilene Brown ... The Rakers' Younger Daughter (uncredited)

Scatman Crothers ... George (uncredited)

Sam Edwards ... Soames (uncredited)
Darlene Fields ... Mrs. Raker (uncredited)
Frank Gerstle ... Col. Miles (uncredited)

Frank Gorshin ... Pvt. Millard Co.G (uncredited)
Gregg Martell ... Sellers (uncredited)
Ray Montgomery ... Medic (uncredited)
Boyd 'Red' Morgan ... Jeep Driver (uncredited)
Rollin Moriyama ... Japanese Sergeant (uncredited)

Scotty Morrow ... Roy Raker (uncredited)
Pixie Parkhurst ... The Rakers' Elder Daughter (uncredited)
Tom Pittman ... Replacement (uncredited)
Bill Stevens ... Corporal (uncredited)

Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer ... Savage (uncredited)
Dick Walsh ... Stockade Guard (uncredited)
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Directed by
Richard Fleischer 
 
Writing credits
Harry Brown (screenplay)

Francis Gwaltney (novel)

Produced by
David Weisbart .... producer
 
Original Music by
Hugo Friedhofer 
 
Cinematography by
Leo Tover (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
James B. Clark 
 
Art Direction by
Addison Hehr 
Lyle R. Wheeler 
 
Set Decoration by
Walter M. Scott 
Charles Vassar 
 
Costume Design by
Mary Wills 
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Helen Turpin .... hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stanley Hough .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Eugene Grossman .... sound
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
Ray Kellogg .... special photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Don Anderson .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... executive wardrobe designer (as Charles LeMaire)
Sam Benson .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Leonard Doss .... color consultant
Orven Schanzer .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Lionel Newman .... conductor
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator
Frank Comstock .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Skip Martin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Urban Thielmann .... musician: piano (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Gust E. Olson .... technical advisor (as Lt. Col. Gust E. Olson U.S.A)
 
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94 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | South Korea:12 | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | USA:TV-PG | USA:Approved (certificate #18043) | West Germany:12 (f)
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Trivia:
Tod Andrews character is named Lt. Ray Mosby. Andrews would later portray Maj. John Singleton Mosby in the television series "The Gray Ghost" (1957).See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: In the cast listing, Robert Wagner is listed as Sfc/Pvt. Sam Francis Gifford. He should be listed as T/Sgt/Pvt. Sam Francis Gifford. The rank Sfc (Sergeant First Class) did not exist during WWII. At that time it was T/Sgt (Technical Sergeant).See more »

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26 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Overlooked war film from mid-50's has terrific music score, 17 February 2003
Author: Lonixcap from United States

Composer Hugo Friedhofer, Oscar winner for The Best Years Of Our Lives(1946) turns in one of his finest scores in this unpretentious war film with a surprisingly focused performance by Robert Wagner. This, along with A Kiss Before Dying (also 1956) represents the best work Wagner did while a contract player at Fox. The music score uses the old "Dies Irae" motif to excellent effect, and Friedhofer's ingeneous way of rephrasing and reharmonizing this simple chant earned him a well deserved Oscar nomination. This story also addresses some issues like friendly fire, in the war scenes and issues of class and privilege on the home front.

The dramatic tension created by the contrast between the battlefield and flashbacks to the Wagner character's home life is stunningly reflected by the music. They just don't write scores like this anymore, and they don't make unpretentious war movies anymore. Nowdays, everything has to be an $200 million spectacle.

This film, with it's great supporting cast that includes Buddy Ebsen, Harvey Lembeck, LQ Jones and Brad Dexter, reflects what was good about the old studio system.

Fox made these kind of movies better than any other studio- also check out The Desert Rats (1953). In Love And War( 1957) and The Young Lions (1958) are both great Friedhofer scores; then there's

Zanuck's masterpiece, The Longest Day (1962) also starring Robert Wagner.

This score represents Hugo Friedhofer at the height of his creative powers at a time when his work at Fox was very prolific. His last major score was One-Eyed Jacks (1961) and he is largely a forgotten figure today.

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