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Battle Cry (1955)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | 2 February 1955 (USA)
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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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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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Trivia

When the men are in their dress uniforms, each are wearing the French Fourragère. The fourragère is braided cord that is looped around the shoulder. The men are in the Second Battalion, 6th Marines. The fourragère is in recognition of the 6th Marines being awarded French Croix de Guerre three times during WWI. Since that time current members of the 6th Marines have worn the fourragère. See more »

Goofs

There are several shots at MCRD (San Diego), and of the battalion marching with African-American Marines in the ranks. In 1942 and 1943, integrated units did not exist. It wasn't until 1948 that President Truman signed an Executive Order to investigate full integration of the armed forces. 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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Connections

Referenced in Bucky's '70s Triple XXX Movie House Trailers Vol. 10 (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm in a Jam with Baby
(uncredited)
Music by Ray Heindorf and M.K. Jerome
Played on the jukebox when Rae and the girls show up at McCorkle's
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Peyton Place set to the Marine Corp hymn.
20 September 1999 | by Gallard-2See all my reviews

Let me start by saying I really enjoyed this film and have watched it perhaps a half dozen times. The comments by Mr. Glassey do seem unfair to me. This movie doesnt show us the guts and bloodshed and realism that is accepted and maybe even expected by todays standards but it does show the loss of war. The fear of war and the heroism that was a part of being a marine in WWII. It shows us 3 dimensional characters like "High Pockets" who loves his men as much as he loves the Marines. Yes, I suppose some of the situations are glossed over but that is to be expected when you are trying to tell a story this big in the time alloted. The beginning and middle of the film which focus' on training and shipping over seas to New Zealand is first rate entertainment. The last third where we go into combat with the cast is not as realistic as modern films, but how can it be? It is 1955 when this movie was made and the technology to show how war really looks was not possible then. And even if one may argue that it was, the desire and allowable limits of the day would have precluded that sort of realism anyway. All in all, this is a fair if not excellent portrait of marines going to war.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese | Navajo

Release Date:

2 February 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$17,440,000
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Warner Bros. See more »
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4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound System) (magnetic prints)| Mono (RCA Sound System) (optical prints)

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

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2.55 : 1
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