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The Men (1950)

Passed | | Drama | 25 August 1950 (USA)
A paralized 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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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

25 August 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Battle Stripe 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

Jay Kantor, a mail-room clerk at Lew Wasserman's talent agency Music Corp. of America in 1949, was sent to pick up Broadway actor Marlon Brando and drive him to the agency. Impressed by the young man, Brando promptly appointed Kantor his agent. Kantor got Brando his first film role, that of the paraplegic Army officer in this film, for $50,000 (approximately $400,000 in 2006 money). See more »

Goofs

When Leo and Ken are at the bar, the patron's hand jumps to Leo's shoulder. 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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Connections

Referenced in City Island (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Waltz in B Flat Major
(uncredited)
Music by Frédéric Chopin
Played on radio
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Brando's first (and one of his best?)
25 March 2002 | by didi-5See all my reviews

"The Men" probably seemed very daring at the time of its release, and indeed Brando's performance and some of the supporting ones have lasted well and hardly dated at all. The film gives some idea of the horrific aftermath of war and its effects on the 'heroes' it disfigures. Teresa Wright plays Brando's girlfriend with some sensitivity and Everett Sloane gives a good performance as the doctor. Of the other actors playing paraplegics, Jack Webb deserves a mention. This is an interesting film which raises a lot of issues not previously faced that much on screen.


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