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Bright Victory (1951)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | August 1951 (USA)
After he gets blinded by a German sniper's bullet in 1943, Sergeant Larry Nevins begins the long and painful road to recovery.

Director:

Mark Robson

Writers:

Robert Buckner (screenplay), Baynard Kendrick (novel)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Arthur Kennedy ... Larry Nevins
Peggy Dow ... Judy Greene
Julie Adams ... Chris Paterson (as Julia Adams)
James Edwards ... Joe Morgan
Will Geer ... Mr. Lawrence Nevins
Nana Bryant ... Mrs. Claire Nevins
Jim Backus ... Bill Grayson
Minor Watson ... Mr. Edward Paterson
Joan Banks Joan Banks ... Janet Grayson
Richard Egan ... Sgt. John Masterson
John Hudson ... Cpl. John Flagg
Marjorie Crossland Marjorie Crossland ... Mrs. Paterson
Donald Miele Donald Miele ... 'Moose' Garvey
Murray Hamilton ... Pete Hamilton
Larry Keating ... Jess Coe
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Storyline

In North Africa during World War II, Sergeant Larry Nevins is blinded by a German sniper's bullet. Rehabilitation at the military hospital presents many challenges, but accepting his disability also proves to be difficult for others. Written by Jeanne Armintrout <jeannee@uwyo.edu>

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Drama | Romance | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lights Out See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The airplane disaster that killed romantic lead actor Leslie Howard is mentioned in this film. See more »

Goofs

Sgt. Nevins is having a newspaper read to him, and the death of Leslie Howard is one of the stories. The date on the paper is given as September 3, 1943. Leslie Howard actually died on June 1, 1943. See more »

Quotes

Larry Nevins: I told ya i wanted security, remember... well I was looking for it in all the wrong places. Nobody can ever give it to you Judy. That way, it costs too much, you gotta make it for yourself.
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Racial Issues
4 January 2007 | by keltiaproductionsSee all my reviews

What is really interesting about this movie, is the "race" issues it addresses and for the time in which it was made, that is rather remarkable.

The Nevins character is a good old boy from the South and openly expresses his racism. The first time is when he's on the plane headed back to the states and a black soldier sits next to to him. They're both from Florida start talking. Nevins asks him if he knows the country club and the guys says he served tables at it. Nevins now realizes the guy is black and immediately calls over a nurse to sit by him.

The next time is in the rehabilitation hospital. Nevins accidentally walks into a black soldier, also blind. All Nevins recognizes is the man's southern accent and offers to buy him a drink. They become "friends" and hang out together. Then one day, the other blind soldiers mention there are some new patients coming into their ward and Nevins pops off, "Yeah, and I heard 3 of them are (uses the "N" word)". The black guys just stops in his tracks now realizing how his new friend really thinks and feels.

The other blind white soldiers already knew the guy was black and remarked "Maybe he thought you were colored too".

Later on Nevins goes home and is with his parents, who are equally racist. Nevins starts to "see" the errors of his ways/thinking. There is a bit of justification from the father that that was how they were brought up, etc., but for 1951 it is amazing they were even addressing such things let alone using the "N" word.


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