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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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USA

Language:

English | German | Italian

Release Date:

18 October 1955 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

To Hell and Back See more »

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Sound Mix:

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

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Average Shot Length (ASL) = 8 seconds See more »

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The movie begins with a 12-year old Murphy and his younger siblings who look about 6 or 7 years old. Then, six years go by and Murphy plays himself at eighteen. However, none of his siblings have aged. See more »

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Narrator: War, to the foot soldier, is a continual fight for a few yards of dirt that always seemed to lie ahead of him, to be taken from the enemy or to be held at all costs. Why? As often as not he doesn't know in regard to the overall campaign. On Sicily, all he knew was that he took the entire island in 38 days - What he had accomplished gave the Allies a giant base of operation close to the Italian mainland.
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West German theatrical version was cut by approx. 5 minutes. See more »

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Decent and interesting biography about Audie Murphy who enlists Army where makes a brilliant career
31 January 2017 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This is the thrilling and exciting true-life story of America's most decorated . The authentic 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 from his up-bringing as the son of Texas sharecroppers , as his mother dies and he remains orphan and caring his kiddies brothers . He , then , applied for service with the Navy , the Marines and the Army he was turned down by all three branches . However , when he joined his combat unit, one of his superiors considered transferring him out of the company for being unfit for combat . As Audie wages war in Casablanca , Tunez ; he and his detachment (formed by Marshall Thompson , Charles Drake , Jack Kelly , among others) go to Sicily , Palermo until Messina . Later on , they land at Salerno , Naples , Anzio and MountCassino . After that , Murphy and his III Infantry Division formed by valiant ¨Dogfaces¨ (it was a term used during World War II to describe US Army combat infantrymen) disembark in France where take place other bloody battles . As Audie takes on hundreds of enemy soldiers with a machine gun mounted on a tank and he fought in seven major campaigns during World War II .

Acceptable picture based on actual events about about Audie Murphy who plays himself following his Army career in WWII . Murphy won more tan 20 medals , being the most decorated American soldier , including the Congressional Medal of Honor and he was also awarded five decorations by France and Belgium . Features impressive as well as realistic battle scenes punctuated with great heroics sequences . This rendition of Murphy autobiography was professionally directed by Jesse Hibbs and it was a box-office hit for Universal Pictures and its record was apparently not broken until Jaws (1975). Hibbs was an American director of second features , primarily westerns , at Universal in the 1950's . Being especially known for TV series as ¨Perry Mason¨ (1957) , ¨Gunsmoke¨ , ¨Laramie¨ and ¨F.B.I.¨ (1965) as well as Westerns and Thrillers . He directed various Audie Murphy vehicles such as : this ¨To hell and Back¨ (1955) , ¨World in My Corner¨ (1956) , ¨Ride a Crooked Trail¨ (1958) and ¨Medal of Honor¨ .

Based on facts , these are the following ones : The film describes especially the Italian campaign , when Eisenhower and the Allied command is convinced by Winston Chuchill and his General Brook to carry out the Italian invasion . Then , there takes place the ¨Husky Operation¨ (July , 1943) , but it didn't coordinate Montgomery's 8ª Army and Clark's 5ª Army against German General FeldMarschall, Albert Kesselring , and it resulted in a disaster . Kesselring designs the impregnable ¨Gustav line¨ in South Rome and the main bastion : Montecassino . Then , there happens the famous disaster of Anzio and Nettuno under command of General John Lucas . The Allied army formed by 28 Divisions have a hard and complex mission to their destination .


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