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The Men (1950)

Passed | | Drama | 25 August 1950 (USA)
A paralyzed war vet tries to adjust to the world without the use of his limbs.

Director:

Fred Zinnemann

Writers:

Carl Foreman (story), Carl Foreman (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marlon Brando ... Ken
Teresa Wright ... Ellen
Everett Sloane ... Dr. Brock
Jack Webb ... Norm
Richard Erdman ... Leo
Arthur Jurado Arthur Jurado ... Angel
Virginia Farmer ... Nurse Robbins
Dorothy Tree ... Ellen's Mother
Howard St. John ... Ellen's Father
Nita Hunter Nita Hunter ... Dolores
Patricia Joiner Patricia Joiner ... Laverne
John 'Skins' Miller John 'Skins' Miller ... Mr. Doolin (as John Miller)
Cliff Clark ... Dr. Kameran
Ray Teal ... Man at Bar
Margarita Martín Margarita Martín ... Angel's Mother (as Marguerite Martin)
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Storyline

Ex-GI Ken who as a result of a war wound is paralyzed below the waist. In the hospital back home, he passes through an initial period of depression with the help of a sympathetic Dr. Brock and his faithful fiancée Ellen. Ken's bitter isolation is also overcome with the help of his fellow patients, especially the intelligent young cynic Norm, the witty Leo and serious young Angel. Soon Ken throws himself into the work rehabilitation and after a long period of physical therapy even suspects he may regain the use of his limbs. With the approval and help of the doctor, he and Ellen marry, but on their wedding night both have misgivings about the marriage: the full realization of Ellen's new responsibilities frighten her and makes her more uncertain than ever, and Ken reverts to self-pity. There is a violent argument, and he goes back to the hospital. But his blazing anger finds no sympathy from his buddies, and after a surprising conversation with Dr. Brock, Ken realizes that he must ... Written by alfiehitchie

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A completely new experience between men and women.

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Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

25 August 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Courage of Man See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$7,100,000, 31 December 1950
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Marlon Brando's first film. See more »

Goofs

In Dr. Brock's room, when Ken begins to talk to him, Brock's right hand changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

Ellen's father: If he loves you as much you love him, he'll make you go.
Ellen: You've been so clever, so logical, I've never knew that you handled words so well.
Ellen's father: That's not an answer, Elly.
Ellen: You weren't quite so logical a few years ago when we needed some boys to ground and get killed or paralyzed.
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Referenced in Listen to Me Marlon (2015) See more »

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Waltz in B Flat Major
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A very powerful drama
8 January 1999 | by VarlaamSee all my reviews

Marlon Brando, Jack Webb, and Richard Erdman play three paraplegic war veterans in a VA hospital, where they are mired in cynicism and self-pity. Brando marries Teresa Wright with agonizing results.

The emotions in this drama are all really strong -- rage, frustration, anguish. The ending is a hopeful one, but the characters and the viewer have to undergo some torment to get there.

Brando must have been a revelation in 1950. He's explosive. Only his crippled legs keep him confined to his chair. Jack Webb -- Sgt. Joe Friday -- is far, far better than one would expect. (Actually, he did quite a good job with his small part in "Sunset Boulevard" too, before he was forever typecast.) Everett Sloane -- memorable in "Citizen Kane", "Lady From Shanghai", "The Enforcer" -- is their doctor who has to be cruel to be kind. The cast is filled out by "the men of the Birmingham VA hospital".

Stanley Kramer liked to produce "message" dramas. He tended to overdo it late in his career, but this is still early on. Fred Zinnemann directed a script by Carl Foreman, and these two would team up again on "High Noon". Foreman was then blacklisted by HUAC, getting no screen credit for his screenplay for "The Bridge on the River Kwai".

Not for the faint-hearted, but a fine film which deserves to be better known.


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