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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.

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Complete credited cast:
... Ernie Pyle: Scripps-Howard War Correspondent
... Lieutenant Walker
Freddie Steele ... Sergeant Warnicki
... Private Dondaro
... Private Spencer
John R. Reilly ... Private Murphy (as Jack Reilly)
... Private Mew (as Bill Murphy)
Combat Veterans of the Campaigns in Africa Sicily and Italy ... U.S. Army Soldiers
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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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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Sgt. Warnicke starts out carrying an M1A1 model Thompson submachine gun in North Africa at the beginning of the film, but ends up carrying - and firing - an earlier-model M1928A1 Thompson for most of the movie. See more »

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After 34 minutes a camouflaged M4 Sherman is seen firing. Moments later when the tank is hit and burns it has transformed into a non camouflaged M3 Lee. flagged M3 Lee. See more »

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Capt.Bill Walker: They're the best, Ernie. They're the best.
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Opening credits: With the exception of persons whose true names are used, the characters and events portrayed are fictional. Any similarity to other persons living or dead is purely coincidental. See more »

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Gritty tribute to G.I.s...excellent performances...
27 May 2002 | by See 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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