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Pride of the Marines
     

Pride of the Marines

Director: Delmer Daves

Cast: John Garfield, Eleanor Parker, Dane Clark

 
John Garfield stars as Al Schmid, a true-life marine who served in World War II. Schmid becomes a hero at Guadalcanal, defending a machine gun post and killing 200 Japanese before he is permanently blinded by a grenade. Despite being awarded the Navy Cross, Schmid returns home embittered by his disability. After a long and grueling convalescence, he is shaken back to

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John Garfield stars as Al Schmid, a true-life marine who served in World War II. Schmid becomes a hero at Guadalcanal, defending a machine gun post and killing 200 Japanese before he is permanently blinded by a grenade. Despite being awarded the Navy Cross, Schmid returns home embittered by his disability. After a long and grueling convalescence, he is shaken back to life by his girl friend Ruth (Eleanor Parker) and his best pal (Dane Clark), neither of whom allow Al to wallow in self-pity. The pride in Pride of the Marines comes from Al Schmid's ultimate realization that his sacrifice was worthwhile, and that his sightlessness need not prevent him from leading a full and rewarding life.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Pride of the Marines is a stirring, powerful, hard-hitting World War II drama. Actually, it's probably more accurate to say it's a post-War drama, as the real meat of the picture concerns a wounded soldier's return to civilian life. While Pride is undeniably patriotic, it also is not afraid to ask some serious, hard questions or to present war as less than a grand adventure. It really features only one battle sequence, which lasts some ten minutes; it's an amazing, gripping sequence, but it doesn't glorify battle as many similar films do. The men involved are fighting for their lives, and they react exactly as people really do react in such a situation. Similarly, the discussion about what life will be like when they return home dares to present the possibility that things will not be all roses, a rather bold suggestion for a 1945 film. Finally, the anguish, torment, and bitterness that the lead character experiences is striking and affecting. Pride benefits from a very strong screenplay, but that screenplay is helped by Delmer Daves' excellent direction. He employs some fairly experimental techniques (e.g., shooting a dream sequence in reverse negative) to highlight the emotionalism of the piece, but never goes too far. Pride also benefits from its superb cast, lead by John Garfield in a performance that never hits a false note. It's arguably Garfield's best and most powerful performance and is searing. He is well supported by Eleanor Parker and Dane Clark, who play their parts to near perfection. Pride of the Marines is an especially fine film.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/05/2009
UPC:
0883316165317
Original Release:
1945
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:59:00
Sales rank:
3,164

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Garfield Al Schmid
Eleanor Parker Ruth Hartley
Dane Clark Lee Diamond
Ann Doran Ella Merchant
John Ridgely Jim Merchant
Rosemary de Camp Virginia Pfeiffer
Ann E. Todd Lucy Merchant
Warren Douglas Kebabian
Don McGuire Irish
Tom D'Andrea Tom
Stephen Richards Ainslee
Anthony Caruso Johnny Rivers
Moroni Olsen Capt. Burroughs
John Sheridan Second Marine
John Miles Lieutenant
John Parker Compton Corporal
Lennie Bremen Lenny
Michael Browne Corpsman
Dave Willock Red
Rory Mallinson Doctor
Mark Stevens Ainslee

Technical Credits
Delmer Daves Director
Milo Anderson Costumes/Costume Designer
Marvin Borowsky Screenwriter
Robert Burks Special Effects
Edwin DuPar Special Effects
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Stan Jones Sound/Sound Designer
Leo K. Kuter Art Director
Albert Maltz Screenwriter
Owen Marks Editor
J. Peverell Marley Cinematographer
Walter F. Tilford Set Decoration/Design
Jerry Wald Producer
Franz Waxman Score Composer
Perc Westmore Makeup

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