Memorial Day Marathon Introduction
The Real Glory (1939, TCM premiere), set during the turn-of-the-century Moro uprising in the Philippines, stars Gary Cooper as another American Marine set on blowing up a dam. Cooper won an Oscar® for his sensitive performance in Sergeant York (1941), the film biography of Alvin York, a pacifist who nonetheless became the most-decorated soldier of World War I. Another Oscar® winner, the star-laden From Here to Eternity (1953) takes a wrenching look at Army life in Hawaii at the time of the Pearl Harbor attack. One of the most ambitious of all war films, The Longest Day (1962, TCM premiere) re-creates the D-Day invasion of World War II in a spectacular production personally overseen by 20th Century Fox studio head Darryl F. Zanuck.