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To Hell and Back (1955)

Approved | | Action, Biography, Drama | 18 October 1955 (Japan)
The true WWII story of Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier in U.S. history. Based on the autobiography of Audie Murphy who stars as himself in the film.

Director:

Jesse Hibbs

Writers:

Gil Doud (written for the screen by), Audie Murphy (autobiography "To Hell And Back")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Audie Murphy ... Audie Murphy
Marshall Thompson ... Johnson
Charles Drake ... Brandon
Jack Kelly ... Kerrigan
Gregg Palmer ... Lt. Manning
Paul Picerni ... Valentino
David Janssen ... Lt. Lee
Richard Castle Richard Castle ... Kovak
Bruce Cowling ... Capt. Marks
Paul Langton ... Col. Howe
Art Aragon Art Aragon ... Sanchez
Felix Noriego Felix Noriego ... Swope
Denver Pyle ... Thompson
Brett Halsey ... Saunders
Susan Kohner ... Maria
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True-life account of the military career of Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier in WWII. Native of Texas, he was placed in charge of his many younger siblings on the death of his mother and decided to join the military at the age of 18 to provide for them. His many acts of bravery and heroism during the US military advance through Italy, France and into Germany earn him increasing rank and responsibility as well as the respect of his comrades in arms. Eventually he receives two dozen of the highest medals the US and France can bestow, culminating in the awarding of the Congressional Medal of Honor. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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The Exciting True-Life Story Of America's Most Decorated Hero


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Release Date:

18 October 1955 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

L'enfer des hommes See more »

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4-Track Stereo (1939 Reissue) (Western Electric Recording) (Stereo)| Stereo (1939 Reissue) (Stereo)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Audie Murphy (I)'s best friend during World War II, called "Brandon" in the book and film, was actually named Lattie Tipton. He was killed in action in Southern France exactly as depicted in the film, and Murphy reportedly had a difficult time playing the scene. See more »

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When the 3rd Division is in North Africa, it is 1942-43. All of the soldiers are carrying M-1945 field packs, cartridge belts, canteen covers and E-tool carriers. The correct field gear would be the M-1928 gear. It is similar in appearance to the M-1910 field gear in that it is a long narrow pack in a more mustard green color vs. dark olive green. See more »

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Kerrigan: [Observing the starving Italian orphans picking through garbagr cans] They picked a great time to be born, didn't they?
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Little Texas
13 July 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

During the first World War the American hero out of that conflict, Alvin C. York of Tennessee, had to wait until the outbreak of the second World War for his biographical film to be made. World War II's equivalent from East Texas only waited ten years and had the singular honor of starring in the film of his own life.

Good thing Audie Murphy became a Hollywood star because he got to both write his own story and have Universal Studios produce the film as to his specifications. To Hell and Back is his story, but it's also the story of the men who served with him, those who came back from hell and those who remained.

What I liked best about To Hell and Back was the camaraderie and spirit and the relationships between Murphy and the men of his outfit. The story starts in North Africa where his company arrives too late for the fighting there, but just in time to be part of the offensive to take Sicily. Then it's Salerno, up the western Italian coast and into France with the landings in Southern France until Germany. At each stop Murphy grows in admiration and respect from those over and around him. Such players as Jack Kelly, Paul Picerni, Marshall Thompson and Charles Drake support Murphy very well.

To Hell and Back also shows what a roll of the dice combat is. It could just as easily been Murphy as any of the cast that is killed and doesn't make it to the end of the film. Staying alive is a singular accomplishment. All of these guys are heroes. A lot of the fame and glory Murphy won was due to luck and opportunity and he would have been the first to admit it.

When do you get a film with 100% perfect casting for the lead? you get it in To Hell and Back with Audie Murphy playing the man his comrades called Little Texas. A nice film about the greatest soldier of the greatest generation.


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