The Bold and the Brave (1956)

 |  War, Drama  |  April 1956 (USA)
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An assortment of American types come together in the Italian campaign of 1944.


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An assortment of American types come together in the Italian campaign of 1944.

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The Loves of the Bold...The Glory of the Brave!


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Release Date:

April 1956 (USA)  »

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The Bold and the Brave is the second of three war dramas in which a character played by Mickey Rooney is killed by a hand grenade. See more »


Referenced in Far from Heaven (2002) See more »


The Bold and the Brave
Written by Ross Bagdasarian and Mickey Rooney
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3 November 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

I remember seeing this at a drive-in back when it first came out with my cousin's family in Rochester. This is one of those films that really sticks with you. At the time however some of the more adult themes of the film went completely over my head.

The Bold And The Brave focuses on three soldiers in the Italian campaign. Wendell Corey plays an amiable drifter type who in civilian life was a lawyer, but never practiced much law as he was married to a rich woman. He's not sure if he has the right stuff.

Corey's best pal is Mickey Rooney who got an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He's a cheerful extrovert who lives for his off duty moments. He's got a marvelous scene cleaning out the company in a crap game. In the end though, that truly does him in.

Both are commanded by Don Taylor who is their uptight model GI Joe sergeant. In war he's great, but has some issues in his personal life. They call him preacher and it's suggested ever so gently that he's been celibate. Corey tries to fix him up with Nicole Maurey who also gives a great performance as a girl who does what she can to survive the war.

The Bold And The Brave has for some reason been lost for years. Hopefully it will be broadcast and a new generation can appreciate a fine underrated classic.

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