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Identity Unknown (1945)

Approved | | Drama, War | 2 April 1945 (USA)
An amnesiac soldier, the the only survivor of a group of four unidentified soldiers, victims of a bomb raid, visits each man's addresses with the hope of restoring his memory and identity.

Director:

Walter Colmes

Writers:

Richard Weil (screenplay), Richard Weil (original story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Arlen ... Pvt. Johnny March
Cheryl Walker ... Sally MacGregor
Roger Pryor ... Rocks Donnelly
Bobby Driscoll ... Toddy Loring
Lola Lane ... Wanda
Ian Keith ... Major Williams
John Forrest John Forrest ... Joe Granowski
Sarah Padden ... Mrs. Anderson (as Sara Padden)
Forrest Taylor ... Mr. Anderson
Frank Marlowe ... Frankie
Harry Tyler ... Harry Parker
Nelson Leigh ... Col. F.A. Marlin
Charles Williams Charles Williams ... Auctioneer
Charles Jordan Charles Jordan ... Needles--Rocks' Henchman
Dick Scott Dick Scott ... Spike--Rocks' Henchman
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Storyline

A soldier survives a bombing in which his three fellow soldiers were killed. When he recovers he discovers he has amnesia, and since his companions' bodies were burned beyond recognition, the army doesn't know which one of the four he is. He goes AWOL and searches out the families of the three dead soldiers, hoping to find out his own identity. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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HAVE I THE RIGHT TO LOVE? (original print ad-all caps)

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

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Trivia

The train station of Bridgeton in the movie is really the train station in Glendale, CA. See more »

Goofs

When Johnny is arrested at the railway station, he tells Sally to take the truck back to the Andersons. She has just arrived on the train and would not know their address. However this is small town America; she could ask the cop, or at any shop in town, and easily find out. See more »

Soundtracks

My Old Kentucky Home
(uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Sung by soldiers on the train
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Surprisingly Good 'B' Film
6 January 2017 | by howardmorleySee all my reviews

This film was surprisingly good as evidenced by the other user comments shown here.I know how frustrating it is to know you know someone's name but cannot bring it readily out of the brain archive into the live active part.Some time ago I could not think of the name of that great Victorian art critic, John Ruskin, even though I knew of his identity so that I used a mnemonic trick to always remember his name in case I needed to quote him at my art class.

The script was intelligent highlighting the unmentionable things soldiers have to witness in wartime.As the WW1 song lyric goes, "...they'll never believe us , they'll never believe us".Richard Arlen who played Johnny March gave a sensitive performance as the amnesiac soldier and no, I won't provide a spoiler how it resolves in the end.He meets all of the relatives of the dead U.S. soldiers his commanding officer advised he served with in the hope of establishing his true identity.I was glad to see this on Youtube for the first time especially as I was born in 1946 about the time this film was made when some great WW11 post war stories were being produced.7/10.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 April 1945 (USA) See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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