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Beyond Glory(1948)

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The working title of this film was The Long Grey Line. This film opens with the following written statement: "Dedicated to the Corps of Cadets at the United States Military Academy...and in particular to those cadets who, after proving themselves on the battlefronts of World War II, returned to accept the discipline of West Point in order to better themselves in their profession, and in the service of their country." Information in the Paramount Collection at the AMPAS Library indicates that Joan Caulfield was initially cast as "Ann Daniels," and that Roland Culver was cast as "General Brent." In addition, the CBCS incorrectly lists Edward Ryan as "Jensen." A pre-production Paramount News item noted that writer William Wister Haines was also to direct. The film was shot, in part, on location at United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, beginning on September 4, 1947. War Dept. records also indicate that Charles Rogers, the head of Bro-Rog Pictures, originally wanted to film June Week at West Point for his film The Spirit of West Point, but was denied permission because of conflicts with Paramount's previously scheduled production requirements for Beyond Glory. For further information on the West Point production conflict, see the entry below for The Spirit of West Point. In addition, portions of General Dwight D. Eisenhower's address to the 1947 graduating class at the United States Military Academy are included in the film. According to War Dept. records, because there was no existing newsreel footage of his actual speech, Paramount arranged to shoot a brief close-up of Eisenhower speaking lines from the address in late 1947 at the Dept. of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. Beyond Glory marked the feature film debut of Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier of World War II. Murphy went on to appear in various films, most notably the 1955 film To Hell and Back, which recounted his own experiences in the war.