Oscar Movies: Pride of the Marines (1945)

Based on the true story of Al Schmid, a young Marine (splendidly played by John Garfield) who lost his eyesight during the battle of Guadalcanal, Delmer Daves’ “Pride of the Marines” was released while WWII was barely over, thus benefiting from its timely subject.

 

 

 

The movie relates the tale of an average American youngster and his girlfriend (Eleanor Powell) who fought the war on different fronts with immense courage.  Directed in a semi-documentary style, the film recounts the long, difficult struggle of a War hero who has to face civilian life as a blind man.

 

Screenwriter Albert Maltz, later one of Hollywood’s “blacklisted” artists, was accused by some of injecting too much “social consciousness” into the segments dealing with Schmid’s working class origin.  Nonetheless, as noted the film was relevant and topical, in attempting to help returning veterans, especially the handicapped, and their families to adjust to harsh postwar conditions. 

 

The ads for the film were all wrong: Ironically, the ads for the film showed stars John Garfield, Eleanor Parker and Dane Clark walking arm-in-arm and smiling.

 

Oscar Nominations: 1

Screenplay: Albert Maltz

Oscar Awards: None

Oscar Context:

The winners were Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder for the drama “The Lost Weekend,” which also won Best Picture and Best Director.

 

Cast:

 

 

 

John Garfield

 

Eleanor Parker

 

Dane Clark

 

John Ridgely

 

Rosemary De Camp

 

Ann Doran

 

Ann Todd

 

Warren Douglas

 

Don McGuire

 

Tom D’Andrea

 

Rory Mallinson

 

Stephen Richards

 

Anthony Caruso

 

Moroni Olsen

 

Dave Willock

 

John Sheridan

 

John Miles

 

John Compton

 

Lennie Bremen

 

Michael Brown

 

 

 

Credits:

 

 

 

Warner

 

Produced by Jerry Wald.

 

Directed by Delmer Daves.

 

Screenplay by Albert Maltz, adaptation by Marvin Borowsky from the book by Roger Butterfield.

 

 

 

Release date: August 24, 1945