The story concentrates on the social re-adjustment of three World War II servicemen, each from a different station of society. Al Stephenson returns to an influential banking position, but finds it hard to reconcile his loyalties to ex-servicemen with new commercial realities. Fred Derry is an ordinary working man who finds it difficult to hold down a job or pick up the threads of his marriage. Having had both hands burnt off during the war, Homer Parrish is unsure that his fiancée's feelings are still those of love and not those of pity. Each of the veterans faces a crisis upon his arrival, and each crisis is a microcosm of the experiences of many American warriors who found an alien world awaiting them when they came marching home.Written by
The character played by Ray Teal (the Axis sympathizer whom Homer Parrish attacks at the soda fountain) is listed in the credits as "Mr. Mollett". However, the character's name is never mentioned or otherwise alluded to. See more »
The film was modified to play on a wide screen and reissued on February 3, 1954. See more »
The effects of returning from conflict on three military men, each handling things in their own way, under different conditions, pressures and expectations. An incredibly emotional film to watch, especially as stories of this kind continue to play out today wherever warfare's been invoked. Several outstanding performances connect with our realties and perceptions of the chaos that seldom ceases with a cease fire or truce. Few films have remained as relevant, realistic and pertinent, nor captured the frustrations felt by returning heroes, under circumstances none of us would wish for, than this timeless masterpiece.
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