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Pride of the Marines (1945) Movie



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Overview

Language
English

Country
(Hollywood) USA

Ratings / Votes
7.0/ 10 (619 Votes)

MPAA Ratings

Production Company
Warner Bros. Pictures [us] - (presents) (as Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.) (A Warner Bros.-First National Picture)

Production Designer

All Producers

All Directors

Writers

Release Date
(USA) - 7 August 1945
(USA) - 7 August 1945
(USA) - 24 August 1945
(Sweden) - 29 April 1946
(Finland) - 23 August 1946

Running Time
120

Tagline

Keywords
based-on-book, bayonet, blindness, bowling, chinese-restaurant, courage, crab, engagement-ring, first-person-narration, foxhole, fuse-box, grenade, guadalcanal, hero, hospital, hunter, jewish-american, liberty-bell, lightning, machine-gun, marine-hymn, medal, mexican-american, natural-wipe, pearl-harbor,

Technical Support
MET:3278.73 m
OFM:35 mm
PCS:Spherical
PFM:35 mm
RAT:1.37 : 1





Full Cast

  1. Bremen, Leonard as (uncredited) [Lenny - Guadalcanal Survivor]
  2. Browne, Michael (I) as (uncredited) [Corpsman]
  3. Caruso, Anthony (I) as [Johnny Rivers] <13>
  4. Clark, Dane (I) as [Lee Diamond] <3>
  5. Compton, John (I) as (uncredited) [Corporal]
  6. Conaty, James as (uncredited) [Naval Officer]
  7. D'Andrea, Tom as [Tom] <10>
  8. Douglas, Warren (I) as [Kebabian] <8>
  9. Evans, Charles (IV) as (uncredited) [Officer Presenting Al with Distinguished Cross Medal]
  10. Garfield, John (I) as [Al Schmid] <1>
  11. Haade, William as (uncredited) [Man at Bus Stop]
  12. Hudson, William (I) as (uncredited) [Joe - Soldier in Hospital]
  13. Kelsey, Fred as (uncredited) [Man in Bowling Alley/New Year's Eve Celebrant]
  14. Mallinson, Rory as [Doctor] <11>
  15. McGuire, Don (I) as [Bill aka Irish] <9>
  16. Miles, John (I) as (uncredited) [Lieutenant]
  17. Olsen, Moroni as [Capt. Burroughs] <14>
  18. Reed, George (I) as (uncredited) [Train Porter]
  19. Rich, Dick (I) as (uncredited) [Sergeant]
  20. Ridgely, John (I) as [Jim Merchant] <4>
  21. Shannon, Harry (I) as (uncredited) [Uncle Ralph]
  22. Sheridan, John (II) as (uncredited) [Marine #2]
  23. Sherlock, Charles (I) as (uncredited) [Navy Man in Ward]
  24. Stevens, Mark (I) as (as Stephen Richards) [Ainslee] <12>
  25. Willock, Dave as (uncredited) [Red]
  26. Wolfe, Bud (I) as (uncredited) [Ruth's Date]
  27. DeCamp, Rosemary as [Virginia Pfeiffer] <5>
  28. Doran, Ann as [Ella Mae Merchant] <6>
  29. Gordon, Mary (I) as (uncredited) [Lady at Bus Stop]
  30. Parker, Eleanor (I) as [Ruth Hartley] <2>
  31. Todd, Ann E. as (as Ann Todd) [Loretta Merchant] <7>

Genres

  1. Biography
  2. Drama
  3. Romance
  4. War

Full Plot

Married couple Jim & Ella Merchant set up their single friend Al Schmid on a blind date with Ruth Hartley. The two hit it off and begin dating. A welder, one day at the workplace, Al learns of a friend's enlistment in the Marine Corps and decides to join himself. Al and Ruth have a last date, with Al insisting that she forget about him as he is about to go into combat. However, when Ruth goes to meet his departure train, he is overjoyed and gives her an engagement ring. Assigned to Guadalcanal, Al and his squad are tasked with preventing the Japanese from breaching their line. During a night attack, many of his fellow Marines are slain, but Al ends up single-handedly saving the day, killing scores of Japanese. However, he is wounded by a suicide bomber near the end of the the battle. At the hospital, Al learns that he is blind, a condition that persists even after surgery. Feeling sorry for himself, he dictates a letter to a nurse, informing Ruth that he is relieving her of any obligation to marry him. Neither his friend Lee, the nurse, or the doctors can persuade Al to try rehabilitation in order to attempt a return to a "normal" life. Finally, he has to be kicked out of the hospital. He returns home, but does not want to see Ruth. She sees him and pledges her love, but he is still discouraged, as he does not feel that he is a real man anymore and his pride will not allow her to take care of him. For his bravery, Lee is awarded the Navy Cross. Will he overcome his pride and give the audience a happy ending? Jon C. Hopwood Plot not found

Total Business

CP: Copyright MCMXLV by Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. (on print); Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.; 1 September 1945; LP13451 (in copyright registry) SD: November 1944 - February 1945

Movie Certificate

Approved (USA)(PCA #10661)
S (Finland)
15 (Sweden)

Music Composers

  1. Waxman, Franz

Cinematographers

  1. Marley, J. Peverell (director of photography) (as Peverell Marley)

Distributors

Warner Bros. Home Video [us] - (2010) (USA) (DVD) (DVD-R Poster art)
Warner Bros. Home Video [us] - (2009) (USA) (DVD) (DVD-R Blue photo srt)
Warner Bros. Pictures [us] - (1945) (USA) (theatrical)

Film Editors

  1. Marks, Owen

Misc

  1. Aronson, Louis (technical advisor) (as Major Louis Aronson United States Marine Corps)
  2. Warner, Gordon (I) (technical advisor) (as Major Gordon Warner United States Marine Corps Ret.)
  3. Warner, Jack L. (presenter)

Quotes

Lee Diamond: No, no, this is their chance. They've been gettin' reinforcements/ We haven't. They'll come sooner or later. Johnny Rivers: I'll take sooner. Al Schmid: I'll take later. Al Schmid: Lucy, I want a kiss that'll last me me the duration. You got one like that? Ruth Hartley: I'll do my darnedest. Ruth Hartley: What makes men do such crazy things? Al Schmid: Women! Tom: Hey, Sarge, where yug goin'? Sergeant: I got my first three day liberty, Tommy. I'm goin' to losAngeles. Tom: You got a date? Sergeant: No. Tom: You call this number when you get there. Sergeant: I don't like blind dates! Tom: She'll be sober when you get there. Give 'er a ring. Sergeant: What's she like? Tom: Out of this world! Sergeant: Out of this world, huh? Tom: Well, L.A. city limits... how much farther can you get? Sergeant: What's she look like - an umbrella? Tom: Are you kiddin'? She's a beauty! Big brown eyes like saucers, and when she smiles, she flashes the most beautiful set of teeth you ever saw and what a build! The girl has a figure out of the world. When you see this gir'ls figure... Now I've seen a lotta figures. Now I know what I'm talkin' about! She's got the most... wait aa minute. I'll get my hat. I'll go with yuh. Al Schmid: Probably see a lot more action before this is over. Lee Diamond: Looks that way. My arm's comin' along good now. Al Schmid: Funny... sittin' around thinkin' of you landing on a beachhead again. Lee Diamond: When I hit the beach, I'll mark the first nip for you, Al. Al Schmid: [Bitterly] Get him in the eyes! Right in the eyes! Al Schmid: Just for luck, maybe the ship'll come in tomorrow with some mail on it. Lee Diamond: Why is it that everything good is always gonna happen tomorrow? Al Schmid: Well, there's nothing wrong with a shotgun wedding if you own a shotgun. Ella Mae Merchant: [Hearing news on the radio] Jim, where's Pearl Harbor? Jim Merchant: Pearl Harbor? Oh, it's down the Jersey Coast near Atlantic City someplace. Al Schmid: You know, I bet it would be more fun to shoot Japs than bears. Johnny Rivers: [Complaining about the Guadalcanal foxhole situation] No hole! No sleep! No chow! No smiles! No mail! Not enough planes! Not enough navy! Not enough doctors! We're on the ropes and the referee's up to eight.

Other Titles

  1. C'è sempre un domani (1945) (ENG)
    (Italy)

  2. Forever in Love (1945) (ENG)
    (UK)

  3. C'è sempre un domani (1945) (ITA)
    (Italy)

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. San Diego Naval Hospital, San Diego, California, USA
  2. Cottman Avenue, Philadelpha,, Pennsylvania, USA
  3. St. Leo's Church, 6658 Keystone Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,, USA
  4. Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
  5. 1025 Fillmore Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
  6. Hellerman Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
  7. Tulip Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
  8. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Trivia

- This film is about the Battle of Guadacanal. Guadalcanal is situated in the Solomon Islands in the Pacific Ocean, north-east of Australia. Its local name is Isatabu and contains the country's capital, Honiara. The island is humid and mostly made up of jungle with a surface area of 2,510 square miles or 6,500-km². Guadacanal was named after Pedro de Ortega's home town Guadacanal in Andalusia, Spain. de Ortega worked under Álvaro de Mendaña who charted the island in 1568.

- "Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 31, 1945 with 'John Garfield (I)' (qv), 'Dane Clark (I)' (qv) and 'Eleanor Parker (I)' (qv) reprising their film roles.

- "Academy Award Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on June 15, 1946 with 'John Garfield (I)' (qv) reprising his film role.

- On the train to Philadelphia, Al ('John Garfield (I)' (qv)) talks to Lee ('Dane Clark (I)' (qv)) about the difficulty he anticipates in getting a job for a blind man. Lee responds that because he, Lee, is Jewish, he has trouble finding a job as well and the wax philosophic about a day when people are discriminated against for any reason. But in real life,