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Battle Cry (1955)

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)

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Drama | Romance | War

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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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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

When recruit L.Q. Jones returns to boot camp one evening, he tells his buddies about his distaste for a movie he saw while on leave. He describes the films's plot, which involves a Marine private who falls in love with a Navy lieutenant and saves the life of his drill instructor. Though the film's title is never mentioned, this is an exact description of the 20th Century-Fox film To the Shores of Tripoli (1942). Since "Battle Cry" was produced by a different studio (Warner Brothers), this may explain Jones' omission of the film's title. See more »

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While Danny talks to Elaine at her apartment his shirt is alternately buttoned/unbuttoned between shots. See more »

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[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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Fiddle Dee Dee
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Trained In San Diego, Bloodied In Saipan
22 April 2009 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Raoul Walsh who may have directed more good action films than anyone else, did Battle Cry as a tribute to the 2nd and 4th Marine Divisions who fought that very battle in the Pacific Theater of World War II. We follow the Marines from basic training in San Diego to the invasion of Saipan in the Marianas, one of the bloodiest battles of the Pacific Theater.

The action is equal on romance as it is on action and we see the lives of several Marines and their romantic encounters. All American kid Tab Hunter is engaged to Mona Freeman, but while in San Diego has an affair with Navy wife Dorothy Malone. When the Marines are stationed in New Zealand, farmer Aldo Ray gets to romance Kiwi farm girl Nancy Olson. whose family has lost plenty in the war. And we see other people who generally typify service pictures, city kid William Campbell, cowboy Fess Parker, intellectual John Lupton, troublemaking wiseacre Perry Lopez, and in his screen debut a most engaging hillbilly, L.Q. Jones.

The unit is commanded by Major, later Lieutenant Colonel Van Heflin with second in command Carleton Young and top sergeant James Whitmore who narrates the film and whose eyes we see the story unfold. Heflin is a tough man, but a caring commander. One other reviewer said he was superpatriotic and a crazy man for wanting a combat assignment in the film. Not true at all, his is the profession of arms and his men are Marines by choice, an elite fighting group. This is what they are trained to do and combat is their job.

Battle Cry got one Oscar nomination for Best Musical Scoring and it was because of the theme of Honey Babe which was prevalent throughout the film. It had a big success in the Fifties both as an instrumental and vocal hit.

The combat sequences were very nicely staged by Raoul Walsh, I'm surprised Battle Cry wasn't nominated in the Special Visual Effects department. It's a fine film, still holds up well and still quite the recruiting piece for the Marine Corps.

And this review is dedicated to the 2nd and 4th Marine Divisions who fought and died to secure the island of Saipan in World War II. May we always produce people like these in America.


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