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Story of G.I. Joe (1945)

During WW2, Pulitzer prize winner and war correspondent Ernie Pyle joins the army and writes articles about his comrades in his daily columns.

Director:

William A. Wellman

Writers:

Leopold Atlas (screenplay), Guy Endore (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Burgess Meredith ... Ernie Pyle: Scripps-Howard War Correspondent
Robert Mitchum ... Lieutenant Walker
Freddie Steele Freddie Steele ... Sergeant Warnicki
Wally Cassell ... Private Dondaro
Jimmy Lloyd ... Private Spencer
John R. Reilly John R. Reilly ... Private Murphy (as Jack Reilly)
William Murphy ... Private Mew (as Bill Murphy)
Combat Veterans of the Campaigns in Africa Sicily and Italy Combat Veterans of the Campaigns in Africa Sicily and Italy ... U.S. Army Soldiers
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Storyline

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 garykmcd

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MITCHUM'S GREATEST...is the screen's mightiest action drama ! (1949 re-release) See more »

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Biography | Drama | War

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Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

13 July 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ernie Pyle's Story of G.I. Joe See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Lester Cowan Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

War correspondent Ernie Pyle acted as advisor to the film. Pyle was killed not long after the film was completed. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Capt.Bill Walker: 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 »

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Referenced in Private Screenings: Robert Mitchum and Jane Russell (1996) See more »

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Music by Richard Wagner (1850)
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Gritty tribute to G.I.s...excellent performances...
27 May 2002 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

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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