A boy haunted by nightmares about the night his entire family was murdered is brought up by a neighboring family in the 1880s. He falls for his lovely adoptive sister but his nasty adoptive brother and mysterious uncle want him dead.
The story of men at war and that of the esteemed Pulitzer prize winning war correspondent Ernie Pyle. Soon after the U.S. entry into World War II, Pyle joined C Company, 18th Infantry in North Africa. There he got to know the men and often wrote about them in his columns mentioning them by name, something both the soldiers and their families back home appreciated. Pyle moved to other units but as C Company is the first he went into combat with, he considers them "his" company and rejoins them in Italy. Many will die but his reporting brings a human face to war.Written by
War correspondent Ernie Pyle acted as advisor to the film. Pyle was killed not long after the film was completed. See more »
A G.I. has ongoing problems with a vinyl recording from his wife and son, he perpetually plays it on a record player every time he returns from patrol, but it always sounds like it's playing backwards, and in fact at one point he expresses frustration that it plays backwards and that he knows nothing about record players, and constantly looks for someone among the new replacements G.I.s who knows anything about record players so they can fix it for him. His platoon mates join in his frustration that he cannot hear his son's voice speaking normally and saying "Daddy." Eventually one day, without changing how he played it, it miraculously plays correctly and he hears his son's voice and goes nuts. However, it would be impossible to play a record that sounds like it's playing backwards like that. You would only hear a slowed-down or sped-up sound if the turntable was the wrong speed for the recording, but not a reversed unintelligible sound. See more »
The new kids that come up, that's what gets you. The new ones, some of them have just got a little fuzz on their faces. They don't know what its all about. Scared to death. You know, Ernie, I know it ain't my fault that they get killed, but it makes me feel like a murderer. I hate to look at 'em, the new kids.
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There are absolutely no credits at the end of the film, not even the words "The End". See more »
Gritty tribute to G.I.s...excellent performances...
One of the most fascinating tributes to the foot soldier is this 1945 war film that follows Ernie Pyle, beloved war correspondent, as he treks along through mud and ambushes with a platoon of weary G.I. Joes.
Robert Mitchum earned an Oscar nomination as Lt. Bill Walker and many of the other males in the cast were real combat soldiers who actually participated in the making of the film. The plot is no more than a series of skirmishes the platoon faces on a mission against Nazis in Italy. Burgess Meredith makes Ernie Pyle a likeable human being who wins the trust and affection of the platoon as he trudges with them across marshlands and all of the "up front" activity involved.
Human touches abound without the emphasis on cliches that often abound in war films. Mitchum gives just the right touch to his role as the leader who understands the strain his soldiers are under. The inclusion of a sub-plot involving a soldier anxious to hear the sound of his son's voice on a recording; and a pooch that becomes the mascot for the troops, are touches that give the film added humanity.
There is some editing that seems a bit jumpy in the latter part of the film, as though some cuts were made--but all in all this is a very watchable war film with a close-up look at the men and their courage under fire. A fine tribute also to Ernie Pyle, a famous Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondent during the dark days of World War II. Highly recommended.
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