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Story of G.I. Joe (1945)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, War | 13 July 1945 (USA)
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 ... Lt. 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 »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

13 July 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

G.I. Joe See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The extras in the film were real American GIs, in the process of being transferred from the war in Europe to the Pacific. Many of them were killed in the fighting on Okinawa--the same battle in which Ernie Pyle was killed by a Japanese machine gunner--never having seen the movie in which they appeared. See more »

Goofs

The unit Pyle is with--the 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division--never fought in the Italian campaign. After the Sicilian campaign ended, it was brought back to England and began training for the D-Day invasion in Normandy. The 1st Division would eventually spearhead the assault on Omaha Beach. See more »

Quotes

Pvt. Robert "Wingless" Murphy: Look, this is a modern war, ain't it? And I'm a modern guy, and the modern age is up in the air, not down here.
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Crazy Credits

There are absolutely no credits at the end of the film, not even the words "The End". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Forecast (1945) See more »

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My Darlin' Clementine
(uncredited)
by Percy Montrose (1854).
[played on G.I. harmonica]
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relentless mud
20 February 2004 | by RanchoTuVuSee all my reviews

The Story of G.I. Joe chronicles the experiences of an infantry unit in Italy as told by war correspondent Ernie Pyle, who is played by Burgess Meredith. War weary Robert Mitchum plays the platoon leader. While we can see that the movie was largely made in the studio, the great photography and direction move it along. Cold feet, mud, frustration, and homesickness are effectively demonstrated at the expense of battle scenes.


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