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Take the High Ground! (1953)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | 30 October 1953 (USA)
In 1953, at Fort Bliss, Texas, two former Korean War combat veterans work as drill sergeants and fall in-love with the same woman.

Director:

Richard Brooks

Writers:

Millard Kaufman (story), Millard Kaufman (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Widmark ... Sgt. Thorne Ryan
Karl Malden ... Sgt. Laverne Holt
Elaine Stewart ... Julie Mollison
Carleton Carpenter ... Merton 'Tex' Tolliver
Russ Tamblyn ... Paul Jamison
Jerome Courtland ... Elvin C. Carey
Steve Forrest ... Lobo Naglaski
Robert Arthur ... Donald Quentin Dover IV
Chris Warfield Chris Warfield ... Soldier
William Hairston William Hairston ... Daniel Hazard
Maurice Jara Maurice Jara ... Franklin D. No Bear
Bert Freed ... Sgt. Vince Opperman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Iris Adrian ... Mrs. Butterfly (scenes deleted)
James MacArthur
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Storyline

Sgt. Thorne Ryan, who once fought bravely in Korea, now serves as a hard-nosed drill instructor to new Army recruits at Fort Bliss, Texas. But is he really the man he is often described as? His fellow instructor, and friend helps him to face the ghosts of his past experiences in Korea. One night in a bar across the border in Juarez, Mexico, Sgt. Ryan meets a lady who begins to turn his life around. Will this be enough to help him deal with the past? Or will he continue to be so hard on his troops? This movie was filmed mostly on location at Fort Bliss, Texas in El Paso. Written by Vincent Merlaud <merlaud@studi.mathematik.hu-berlin.de>

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Taglines:

Gripes ! Gags ! Girls ! Guts ! Guys !

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Making of a Marine See more »

Filming Locations:

El Paso, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,166,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,968,000, 31 December 1953

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,855,000, 31 December 1953
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (remix for video release)| Stereo (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Anscocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The "Watch your language single men present" signs are in more than one place in this film. That same sign can be seen in the quartermaster when the new recruits are getting their initial issue, at the station where their oversea caps are given to them. That sign can be seen behind the counter. See more »

Goofs

When Ryan and Holt have the troops on a training exercise in the field, Ryan tells Holt to "get back to base." The Army doesn't refer to its facilities as bases. An actual solider would have said "get back to the post." See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Thorne Ryan: This is your rifle, and not your gun; it's made for shooting, and not for fun!
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Soundtracks

Cielito Lindo
(uncredited)
Music by Quirino Mendoza
Arranged by Skip Martin
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Will always be one of my favorite movies!
28 March 2008 | by rpburgSee all my reviews

Okay, this is not a great movie when considering it in the war movie genre or side by side with some of the classics that both Richard Widmark and Karl Malden made, but I will always think this as one of my favorites because my father is one of the extras in the movie. Take the High Ground was filmed at Fort Bliss in El Paso, TX in 1953 when my dad was in advanced training before being sent to Korea. When the movie crew came to the base, my dad's training platoon was "loaned" to the filmmakers by the Dept. of Defense to make the training scenes look a bit more realistic. There are the five or so "recruits" played by actors, then the rest are real U.S. Army soldiers. Whenever I watch this with my friends, I'm proud to point out my old man as one of the soldiers marching by, under the watchful eyes of Richard Widmark and Karl Malden. After the filming was over, Widmark and Malden took several of the soldiers (including my dad) out on the town to thank them for helping with the film. Both Widmark and Malden were classy men, and right away became my dad's favorite actors/stars. He just wishes that Elaine Stewart filmed her scenes in El Paso, instead of staying in Hollywood where they were shot at the studio.


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