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Battle Cry (1955)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | 2 February 1955 (USA)
A group of young Marines have adventures in love and war.

Director:

Raoul Walsh

Writers:

Leon Uris (screenplay) (as Leon M. Uris), Leon Uris (novel) (as Leon M. Uris)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Van Heflin ... Maj. Sam Huxley - CO, 2nd Bn., 6th Marine Regt.
Aldo Ray ... Pvt. / Pfc Andy Hookens
Mona Freeman ... Kathy - later Mrs. Danny Forrester
Nancy Olson ... Mrs. Pat Rogers
James Whitmore ... MSgt. Mac / Narrator
Raymond Massey ... Maj. Gen. Snipes
Tab Hunter ... Pvt. / Cpl. Dan 'Danny' Forrester
Dorothy Malone ... Mrs. Elaine Yarborough - USO Manager in San Diego)
Anne Francis ... Rae
William Campbell ... Pvt. 'Ski' Wronski
John Lupton ... Pvt. / Cpl. Marion 'Sister Mary' Hotchkiss
L.Q. Jones ... Pvt. L.Q. Jones (as Justus E. McQueen)
Perry Lopez ... Pvt. Joe Gomez - aka Spanish Joe
Fess Parker ... Pvt. Speedy
Jonas Applegarth Jonas Applegarth ... Pvt. Lighttower - Navajo Phonetalker
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Storyline

In 1942, a group of young men join the Marines, leaving loved ones behind. Primed for battle, they are frustrated by many non-combat assignments, as we follow their wartime romances, especially Andy Hookens' involvement with Pat, a New Zealand widow. Andy and Pat have just decided that war requires them to 'live for the moment' when, in 1944, our team finally goes into a real battle... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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THE SCORCHINGLY PERSONAL BEST-SELLER! (original print ad - all caps)

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Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese | Navajo

Release Date:

2 February 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Battle Cry See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$17,440,000
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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound System) (magnetic prints)| Mono (RCA Sound System) (optical prints)

Color:

Color (WarnerColor)| Black and White (archive footage)| Color (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Leon Uris, author of the novel on which the film is based, served during World War II as a radio man in the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines, both the same military occupational specialty and organization of the novel and film's characters. Uris was engaged in combat during the Guadalcanal and Tarawa campaigns, being evacuated with malaria before the novel and film's climactic Saipan campaign. See more »

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When the marines arrive in New Zealand they are seen marching away from the transports that brought them. The ship to the right is marked APA-208 which would make her the U.S.S. Talladega. The Talladega wasn't commissioned until 31 October 1944, two years after Guadalcanal. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Elaine Yarborough: Let's take a dip in the pool.
Pvt.: I haven't got a suit.
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Featured in Tab Hunter Confidential (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Silent Night, Holy Night
(uncredited)
Music by Franz Xaver Gruber
Lyrics by Joseph Mohr
Sung at the Christmas service
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A Reel War
2 November 2002 | by sky3walkerSee all my reviews

It's not surprising many war veterans like this film. Dramatically framed with a voice-over by James Whitmore as the epitome of a Marine Sergeant who cares about his men but knows the mission is all, the film quickly draws us into the lives of these men and their women in a suspenseful and satisfying way. There is enough good acting by Whitmore, Van Heflin, Dorothy Malone, John Lupton and others to get us past the less well acted and more cliched moments. Some scenarios, such as the tragedy-to-triumph of the lumberjack womanizer(Aldo Ray)and the New Zealand farm widow (Nancy Olson)are superbly plotted and played. There are many memorable moments in the film and Uris' varied characters are well represented.(Please note that Navaho code-talkers are credited here.) Combat and training imagery and sound is generally high quality, but the outstanding aspect of the film is the way it explores the human qualities of those men and women who face the tests of war.


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