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Pride of the Marines(1945)


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  • pride of the marines

    • kevin sellers
    • 2/26/17

    Woefully unbalanced film and by that I mean that far too much time is spent with self pitying Al Schmid, in the hospital in San Diego, bemoaning his fate and worrying about his wife's fidelity and far too little time is spent with Schmid and his wife doing the difficult work of reconciliation and adjustment. Basically the guy's problems are happily wrapped up following a seven minute conversation with his wife during a Christmas party! Clearly this strains credibility as well as story sense and is the biggest problem I had with this film. Other less severe problems were the shopworn "meeting cute" device, with Schmid and wife to be initially snarling at each other before deciding, gosh darn it, that they actually love each other, and the general air of talkiness that pervades any movie that director Delmer Daves is involved in, usually 'cause Daves himself writes the screenplay, except that this time he outsourced the job to preachy, soon to be blacklisted Albert Maltz. Ironically, when Maltz's script should be talky, as in that crucual scene with husband and wife at the Yuletide festivities, it doesn't go deep enough, pretty much relying on platitudes by the wife on how blindness is a problem, but all couples have problems, etc. etc. Balanced against these flaws is, as previous reviewers have noted, very believable battle scenes as well as good performances from John Garfield as Schmid, especially in his blind phase,and Eleanor Parker whom I'm beginning to warm to as an actress after seeing her in this as well as "Caged." Let's give it a B minus.

  • Get out of here Freedman!!

    • Jacl
    • 5/26/14

    Freedman overlooks that fact that John Garfield was a Jew and a brilliant actor.No, I'm not buying that paranoid persecution complex on this!!

  • A real war story

    • denscul
    • 12/6/13

    Any resemblance between war, and war films is strictly coincidental. Ask any combat vet. However, this film goes a long way to showing that even with medals and accolades, a lot of people killed and perhaps even worse, disabled for life. That's when the real personal war begins. This film ranks with Best Years of Our Lives. The fact that Pride of Marines was made during WWII was a gutsy decision because it was not like most of the films made during the war, which were aimed at recruiting, and not scaring the hell about the realities of war.Garfield was great, and its too bad, that not all the wives and girl friends were as accepting what happened to their loved ones when they came home. Eleanor Parker played the role perfect. Not overdone, not melodramatic. The fact that she was drop dead beautiful, and could have found many men who returned whole, yet stuck by her man, was inspirational. And that perhaps was the real rational for making this film, which was preparing a nation to accept the men home, who had sacrificed their lives and limbs.

  • Rare film re the war wounded!

    • RedRain
    • 3/4/13

    Because my brother treats, at Bethesda Naval Hospital, our returning soldiers from Aghanistan who have traumatic injuries, this film truly resonates with me. Few films tell the stories of what our wounded soldiers feel and go through on their return from war. Garfield is magnificent as the returning wounded soldier who has so much pride that he wants help from nobody. The beautiful Eleanor Parker, as the woman who loves him, turns in an excellent performance here. This war and our traumatically injured soldiers are no different than all the other wars but we simply don't see or hear about this brave men and women and what they go through. I watch this film as a reminder to keep these soldiers close in our hearts and minds.

  • Pride of the Marines

    • Phil
    • 2/12/13

    From start to finish, the 20 or so minutes of actual battle scenes in this movie (because of the dialogue, riveting action, small details, eerie scene qualities, etc.) are considered by film historians and vetsof the conflict to be possibly the most realistic Pacific War battle re-enactment ever made. Unfortunately the rest of the movie is dated and sometimes corny. Hospital scenes come across a bit too tidy and pleasant as well. But throughout, John Garfield, the eternal underdog, is fun to watch with his signature "everyman" screen persona.

  • Pride of the Marines (1945)

    • Mr. Blandings
    • 9/10/12

    Some intense scenes. Good work by Garfield.

  • pride of the marines

    • barbara
    • 9/2/11

    Loved the movie, I watch it every times it comes on TV. The opening scenes of Philly are great. But then John Garfield is my favorite actor. What ever happened to Al Schmitt's son. A long time ago there was an article on hime and his father in a local paper.

  • Pride of the Marines (1945)

    • James Higgins
    • 4/11/10

    Powerful war film, which focuses more on the wounded soldiers adapting to life after returning home that it does on the war itself. It is melodramatic, but it needs to be to make it's point. The performances are outstanding by everyone in the cast. John Garfield and Eleanor Parker are excellent in the leads. Rosemary DeCamp, John Ridgely, Ann Todd and Dane Clark provide great support. It is a great and inspiring story, and that story was nominated for an Academy Award. Good direction by Delmer Daves. It has a very creative dream sequence. It was an important film in it's time and paved the way for the similar The Best Years of Our Lives.

  • I would love to have a copy of this film....

    • Barbara Merchant
    • 5/23/09

    The first time I watched this movie, my husband told me that his mother and father were in the film, I laughed. But it's true.....Jim Merchant and Ella Mae Merchant are his parents and Loretta is his sister. His father passed away in the early 60's but his mother (92 years old) and sister are still alive and well in New Jersey. Every time my husband watches the movie he just lights up. If anyone can tell me how I can get a copy on DVD, I would greatly appreciate it.

  • Lee Diamond

    • Michael
    • 5/16/09

    It gives me great pride to write that Lee Diamond, who is portrayed by Dane Clark in the movie, is a friend of mine. Lee is 91 years old and is doing alright for a man of his age. I'm looking forward to watching the movie with him.The movie can be purchased at,default,pd.html?cgid=ARCHIVE.

  • Thinking of my Great Uncle

    • Linda
    • 5/10/09

    This movie reminds me so much of my Great Uncle George Berwanger. He was also in the landing on Guadalcanal with the 1st Marine Division. A Sgt. as well. My Mother and he had a special bond for Uncle and Niece. She kept all of his letters which I've read, and he was one great guy, funny, sweet, etc. We too are German, and from Northeast Philly. Whether he and Schmid ever met would be pure conjecture. But, UncleGeorge was the subject of a bookas well, based on the account of a patrol. It was written by a war correspondent who went on the patrol. I have a copy to this day. It's no longer in print but can be found online. Uncle George was gut shot by a sniper on that patrol, and never came home. The gentleman brought a copy to my Grandmother, his sister, (parents already deceased) when the war was over. It was a great kindness. He is buried somewhere on Guadalcanal, and is noted on the memorial in the Phillipines. So you can see why this movie has a special place in my heart. I do so hope it will be placed onto DVD someday soon. God Bless all Service People.

  • What about?

    • William Rivers Freedman
    • 4/11/09

    What about the other two men in the machine gun crew? Al Schmid wasn't alone that hot August night. There were two men with him. P.F.C. John Rivers(of Native American Heritage), who was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously and Corporal Lee Diamond(A Jew)another Navy Cross recipient. Guess because of the prejudices of the time their contributions were either pushed aside or forgotten. The actors who protrayed them weren't mentioned in this review! Some things will never change.

  • great moral movie

    • rocco
    • 12/19/08

    Not being born when this movie was made,yet I could only imagine how people saw this film, and stood up an cheer,It made you want to join the service and fight for your country. a great movie for the moral of the country.

  • GREAT!

    • bailey
    • 10/16/08

    As a former Marine, I can say, this movie says it all.

  • Pride of The Marines

    • Craig Brewster
    • 2/29/08

    The Philadelphia Navy Yard and the the old Marine Barracks still stand today.

  • Pride Of The Marines

    • Craig Brewster
    • 2/29/08

    The story of a real hero was well done. John Garfield was a good actor.

  • Outstanding action scenes

    • Ray
    • 7/4/07

    One of the best action scenes of the Pacific fighting that I've ever seen in a movie. It rates with Saving Private Ryan when the troops are landing on Omaha Beach during D-Day.

  • John Garfield: one of the best!

    • o.a.c.
    • 12/18/06

    This film tells the true story of marine Al Schmidt a WWII hero. Great acting by a great cast that includes Eleanor Parker and Dane Clark. Filmed in N.E. Phila. where I lived at the time.

  • Best war movie

    • Bob
    • 4/14/06

    This is a great movie and a true story.

  • loved that mivie

    • barbara harper
    • 3/5/06

    i want to say that i loved pride of the marines and john garfield in it. besides that it is a true story

  • Fine film

    • Lori
    • 2/4/06

    A fine film that I can't find ANYWHERE!

  • Pride of the Marines

    • Todd
    • 1/23/06

    Pride of the Marines is one of the finest war films ever made. John Garfield as a blinded marine adusting to life on the outside. Dane Clark and Eleanor Parker in supporting roles are just great. It is about time that this classic is released on dvd and it deserves a prime time showing on tcm.

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