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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

Arthur Kennedy wore contact lenses dyed black for this role. 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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A blind man has his eyes opened
11 April 2006 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Arthur Kennedy is Larry, a man blinded in WW II battle in "Bright Victory," a 1951 film that also stars Peggy Dow, Julia Adams, James Edwards, Will Geer, Jim Backus, and Larry Keating. Kennedy plays a southern racist whose life plan of marrying his high school sweetheart (Adams) and joining her wealthy father's business comes into doubt when he is shot and his optic nerve shattered during combat.

The film takes the viewer through Larry's training with other blind soldiers as he learns to adjust to a sightless life. One of the men, Joe (Edwards) is black and is his best buddy until Larry makes a bigoted remark (and uses the n word for extra emphasis). A fellow soldier points out to him that from now on, he probably won't want to ask someone's race and religion before deciding if they pass muster. This sets Larry thinking. He meets a sympathetic young woman, Judy (Dow), who falls for him but has to let him go home to the life he has there. But when Larry returns to his family, he finds that because he's changed, the world around him has changed, too.

This looks to be a B movie but Kennedy received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor, and the acting in the film is A quality, as is the script and direction. Kennedy is excellent and does one thing, I believe intentionally, that is remarkable. At least to these ears, he has no southern accent in the beginning of the film. When he returns home, you start to hear a southern accent in his voice. Now, some might say that Kennedy's southern accent was in and out - I don't believe that was the case. He did what a lot of people with an 'acute ear' do - he picked up the accent of those around him. As a blind man, of course, his ear would even be more acute, and in several scenes, he is shown to have a unique "radar" ability for "feeling" when he is near a building, which is considered by the Army to be a unique gift not shared by many. It would then be in character for him to easily fall in and speak with the same intonation as the accents around him. Kennedy, of course, went on to have a strong career as a character actor (and receive more Oscar nominations) while one of the bit players in the film, Rock Hudson, who is fairly bad even with a couple of lines, hit the superstardom jackpot. Fortunately, Hudson improved greatly before being handed leads.

Julia Adams is lovely (and strongly resembles actress Connie Selleca) as Larry's frustrated girlfriend, and Dow is sympathetic as the girl left behind. After a few more movies, the very pretty Dow quit her film career to marry and subsequently raised five children. Will Geer, Larry Keating, and Jim Backus, three strong character actors, appear in this film as well.

"Bright Victory" is an excellent movie and well worth watching, particularly for the complicated personality created by Arthur Kennedy.


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