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Pride of the Marines (1945)

Marine hero Al Schmid is blinded in battle and returns home to be rehabilitated. He readjusts to his civilian life with the help of his soon to be wife.

Director:

Delmer Daves

Writers:

Albert Maltz (screen play), Marvin Borowsky (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Garfield ... Al Schmid
Eleanor Parker ... Ruth Hartley
Dane Clark ... Lee Diamond
John Ridgely ... Jim Merchant
Rosemary DeCamp ... Virginia Pfeiffer
Ann Doran ... Ella Mae Merchant
Ann E. Todd ... Loretta Merchant (as Ann Todd)
Warren Douglas ... Kebabian
Don McGuire ... Bill aka Irish
Tom D'Andrea ... Tom
Rory Mallinson ... Doctor
Mark Stevens ... Ainslee (as Stephen Richards)
Anthony Caruso ... Johnny Rivers
Moroni Olsen ... Capt. Burroughs
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Storyline

Married couple Jim & Ella Merchant set up their single friend Al Schmid on a blind date with Ruth Hartley. The two hit it off and begin dating. A welder, one day at the workplace, Al learns of a friend's enlistment in the Marine Corps and decides to join himself. Al and Ruth have a last date, with Al insisting that she forget about him as he is about to go into combat. However, when Ruth goes to meet his departure train, he is overjoyed and gives her an engagement ring. Assigned to Guadalcanal, Al and his squad are tasked with preventing the Japanese from breaching their line. During a night attack, many of his fellow Marines are slain, but Al ends up single-handedly saving the day, killing scores of Japanese. However, he is wounded by a suicide bomber near the end of the the battle. At the hospital, Al learns that he is blind, a condition that persists even after surgery. Feeling sorry for himself, he dictates a letter to a nurse, informing Ruth that he is relieving her of any ... Written by Jon C. Hopwood

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

24 August 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El orgullo de los marines See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

More than 200 dead Japanese were found around the Schmidt/Diamond/Rivers position after the battle. This represented 1/4 of the attacking force. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie, when getting into a taxi. They are asked by the taxi driver "Where to?' The answer is "Home" and the taxi driver starts driving. How could the taxi driver know their address? See more »

Quotes

Al Schmid: You know, I bet it would be more fun to shoot Japs than bears.
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Referenced in Mean Streets (1973) See more »

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America the Beautiful
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Garfield's best!
13 July 2001 | by EthanEd56See all my reviews

This former Leatherneck appreciates more and more through the years John Garfield's gut-wrenching performance in the docu-drama PRIDE OF THE MARINES (1945), the true story of war hero Al Schmid who was blinded in combat on Guadalcanal by a Jap grenade. The picture, released a year before BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES, was the first movie to deal in depth with the problems faced by returning vets. Scripted by Albert Maltz, who would eventually be jailed as one of the Hollywood 10, the film would catch major flack from Red-baiters at decade's end because of its politically-charged dialogue in one scene set in a veterans hospital, during which embittered soldiers forcefully voice both their hopes in and suspicions of a post-war society.

The three layers of plotline dramatize an accurate microcosm of American life during a pivotal time period. PRIDE explores in its pre-war first part Garfield's lower-class, working-man roots as only he could portray urban struggles and dreams during the Great Depression. The harrowing middle portion, claustrophobically confined to a cramped and stinking Pacific island foxhole (shared with Dane Clark and Anthony Caruso to form a 3-man machine gun team), graphically captures the fears and horrors of war as few films have.

But it is this citizen/soldier's readjustment in the final sequences, aided by compassionate nurse Rosemary deCamp and home-town fiancee Eleanor Parker (in a performance worthy of a Supporting Oscar nomination) that really packs an emotional wallop. Doubting his self-worth, lost in a sightless world (his post-operative cry of "Why don't God strike me dead!" is chilling), and struggling to comprehend the difference between love and pity, Garfield's perfectly modulated performance combines all the elements of his unique persona (rebellious icon, tough guy, romantic leading man, idealistic spokesman).

Given his devotion throughout the war years to the Hollywood Canteen that he and Bette Davis created, the story must have been very close to his heart. This may be his finest screen role in a career filled with meaningful performances.


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