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To Hell and Back (1955)

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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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | Italian

Release Date:

18 October 1955 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

L'enfer des hommes See more »

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Sound Mix:

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

One of the combat sequences in this movie centered around a fight to capture a German position in an abandoned Italian farmhouse. This included a scene where two German soldiers, manning a MG42 machine gun, are shown firing belts of ammunition at the attacking Americans. Apparently when the first takes of this action were made, using blank ammunition, it didn't look "real" enough. This perceived flaw was eventually resolved by filming two GIs from Fort Lewis, dressed as German troops, firing live ammunition from the machine gun. It was the only way that they could think of to get the impressive muzzle flash when the weapon was fired. See more »

Goofs

The farmer that Audie goes to work for said he quit school to join the military in the great war, WW1, if he was 17 when he quit, he would have been around 40 when WW2 started, but he looks at least 60. See more »

Quotes

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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Edited into The Young Warriors (1967) See more »

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A solid 1950's style WW2 movie.
26 January 1999 | by ScurfieldSee all my reviews

I watched this movie because I was interested in seeing the story of Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier in U.S. history. The fact that this movie is based on Audie Murphy's autobiography, and that he stars as himself in the film, added to my interest. I didn't have high pre-expectations, so I was pleasantly surprised while watching this enjoyable film. To Hell and Back is a solid 1950's style WW2 movie, which focuses on the camaraderie of the foot soldier. It is neither pro nor anti-war, as it has a high body, but shows little of the bloodshed or true horror of war.


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