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Battle Cry (1955)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | 2 February 1955 (USA)
A group of young Marines have adventures in love and war.

Director:

Raoul Walsh

Writers:

Leon Uris (screenplay) (as Leon M. Uris), Leon Uris (novel) (as Leon M. Uris)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Van Heflin ... Maj. Sam Huxley - CO, 2nd Bn., 6th Marine Regt.
Aldo Ray ... Pvt. / Pfc Andy Hookens
Mona Freeman ... Kathy - later Mrs. Danny Forrester
Nancy Olson ... Mrs. Pat Rogers
James Whitmore ... MSgt. Mac / Narrator
Raymond Massey ... Maj. Gen. Snipes
Tab Hunter ... Pvt. / Cpl. Dan 'Danny' Forrester
Dorothy Malone ... Mrs. Elaine Yarborough - USO Manager in San Diego)
Anne Francis ... Rae
William Campbell ... Pvt. 'Ski' Wronski
John Lupton ... Pvt. / Cpl. Marion 'Sister Mary' Hotchkiss
L.Q. Jones ... Pvt. L.Q. Jones (as Justus E. McQueen)
Perry Lopez ... Pvt. Joe Gomez - aka Spanish Joe
Fess Parker ... Pvt. Speedy
Jonas Applegarth Jonas Applegarth ... Pvt. Lighttower - Navajo Phonetalker
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Storyline

In 1942, a group of young men join the Marines, leaving loved ones behind. Primed for battle, they are frustrated by many non-combat assignments, as we follow their wartime romances, especially Andy Hookens' involvement with Pat, a New Zealand widow. Andy and Pat have just decided that war requires them to 'live for the moment' when, in 1944, our team finally goes into a real battle... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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THE SCORCHINGLY PERSONAL BEST-SELLER! (original print ad - all caps)

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese | Navajo

Release Date:

2 February 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le cri de la victoire See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$17,440,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound System) (magnetic prints)| Mono (RCA Sound System) (optical prints)

Color:

Color (WarnerColor)| Black and White (archive footage)| Color (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of L.Q. Jones (billed under his real name of "Justus E. McQueen"; he took his character's name in this film as his real name after this film was released). See more »

Goofs

Several scenes show African Americans in a predominantly white unit. The armed forces were racially segregated in WWII. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
MSgt. Mac: For Danny Forster, the war was over. For me? Well, you know how us old timers are. There'll always be boys to be trained and there'll always be battles to be wan. And like I said, politics and wars make strange bedfellows.
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Referenced in Bucky's '70s Triple XXX Movie House Trailers Vol. 10 (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Home on the Range
(uncredited)
Music by Daniel E. Kelley
Played on guitar during the train ride to San Diego and at the base
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Better Than Expected
28 October 2010 | by LechuguillaSee all my reviews

A big budget, epic story about the personal lives of young men trained to fight in WWII, "Battle Cry" turned out better than I had expected. From boot camp to active duty in the Pacific, the plot accentuates the ups and downs of several marines, their love lives, their interpersonal relations and adaptation to the military, constantly lorded over by tough commanders.

From the title one would think the plot stresses battle scenes. But it does not, except in the final twenty minutes or so. The film therefore probably disappoints a fair number of viewers who expect something they won't see until near the end. I do think the plot structure trends repetitive. And given the lengthy runtime, some of the melodramatic scenes could probably have been edited out.

Still, the focus on character development is nice. It allows viewers to get to know the main characters. And so viewers have something invested in those characters when they do see combat. And not everyone survives. Consistent with 1950s storytelling, all of the characters are stereotypical.

The widescreen CinemaScope projection is too severe and distracts from the visuals. Images look unnecessarily small especially in wide-angle shots. Production design is quite credible. Staging of battle scenes is realistic. Acting varies from average to above average.

The story's theme focuses on the emotional toll that war takes on soldiers and their families, as everyone suffers from fear of an unknown future. Though the script is less than perfect, it's a good story. And with great production values, "Battle Cry" deserves to be seen at least once by serious viewers.


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