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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Shortly after being assigned as an assistant gunner/loader as part of a three-man Browning (M-1917) heavy machine gun. He developed an infection in one of his feet. He refused evacuation to a medical facility for treatment to remain with his team. See more »

Goofs

About 23 minutes in, when everyone is listening to the radio with the newsflash about Pearl Harbor, the setting in the house is dinnertime. The bombing of Pearl Harbor was early on a Sunday morning. Even if the radio Jim was trying to repair had been broken all day, the family might have heard the news from some other source before the end of the day at dinnertime. But, since Philadelphia time is 6 hours ahead of Hawaii time, it would have been between 2:00 and 3:00 PM in the eastern US when the attacks on Pearl Harbor occurred. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that the news reports did not reach that part of the country till late afternoon or early evening. See more »

Quotes

Al Schmid: Just for luck, maybe the ship'll come in tomorrow with some mail on it.
Lee Diamond: Why is it that everything good is always gonna happen tomorrow?
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Connections

Featured in Warner at War (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

In the Evening by the Moonlight
(1878) (uncredited)
Written by James Allen Bland
Sung by patients in the hospital recreation room
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John Garfield was so good. . .
27 July 1999 | by KirasjeriSee all my reviews

A wonderful and gritty war film that focuses on the inner torment of blinded marine Al Schmid. Although it is tough and unpleasant it IS in the end heroic - Schmid's triumph over disability and depression. The battle scene was superb. But one bone to pick. No matter how many .50 bullets they fired I never saw any water or dirt being kicked up by the impacts! It hurt the realism, but I can live with it. Fine performance by Eleanor Parker, again, as his girl friend.


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