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.






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










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