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Pride of the Marines (7-Aug-1945)

Director: Delmer Daves

Writers: Albert Maltz; Marvin Borowsky

Based on a book by: Roger Butterfield

Music by: Franz Waxman

Producer: Jerry Wald

Keywords: Drama, WWII, Blindness

A war hero blinded by a hand grenade at Guadalcanal must undergo painful adjustments upon his return to life as a civilian. Gritty, realistic portrayal of battle in the early part of the film was cutting edge in 1945 and is still good today. John Garfield trained for his role by wearing a blindfold for extended periods.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Anthony Caruso
7-Apr-1916 4-Apr-2003 American character actor
Dane Clark
26-Feb-1912 11-Sep-1998 Moonrise
Rosemary DeCamp
14-Nov-1910 20-Feb-2001 Yankee Doodle Dandy
Ann Doran
28-Jul-1911 19-Sep-2000 Rio Grande
John Garfield
4-Mar-1913 21-May-1952 Gentleman's Agreement
Moroni Olsen
27-Jun-1889 22-Nov-1954 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Eleanor Parker
26-Jun-1922 9-Dec-2013 Interrupted Melody
Mark Stevens
13-Dec-1916 15-Sep-1994 The Snake Pit


John Garfield   ...   Al Schmid
Eleanor Parker   ...   Ruth Hartley
Dane Clark   ...   Lee Diamond
John Ridgely   ...   Jim Merchant
Rosemary DeCamp   ...   Virginia Pfeiffer
Ann Doran   ...   Ella Mae Merchant
Ann Todd   ...   Lucy Merchant
Warren Douglas   ...   Kebabian
Don McGuire   ...   Irish
Tom D'Andrea   ...   Tom
Rory Mallinson   ...   Doctor
Mark Stevens   ...   Ainslee
Anthony Caruso   ...   Johnny Rivers
Moroni Olsen   ...   Capt. Burroughs


Review by R. Fousto (posted on 18-May-2009)

The night battle at Tenaru River is one of the most haunting sequences in all of horror filming, war or otherwise -- made more so having been true in its detail and accuracy. Just imagine, being there with those guys. Brilliantly filmed, unforgettable sequence. The rest of the film is OK.

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