Story of G.I. Joe (1945)

 


 

War correspondent Ernie Pyle joins Company C, 18th Infantry as this American army unit fights its way across North Africa in World War II. He comes to know the soldiers and finds much human interest material for his readers back in the States. Later, he catches up with the unit in Italy and accompanies it through the battles of San Vittorio and Cassino. He learns from its commanding officer, Lt. (later Capt.) Bill Walker of the loneliness of command, and from the individual G.I.\’s of the human capacity to survive drudgery, discomfort, and the terror of combat.

Written by
Jim Beaver <[email protected]>

Genre: Biography,Drama,War

Story of G.I. Joe (1945)
   
Release Date: 13 July 1945 (USA)
Country: USA
Director: William A. Wellman
Cast:
  • Burgess Meredith
  • Robert Mitchum
  • Freddie Steele
  • Wally Cassell
  • Jimmy Lloyd
  • John R. Reilly
  • William Murphy
  • Sicily and Italy Combat Veterans of the Campaigns in Africa
  • Don Whitehead
  • George Lait
  • Chris Cunningham
  • Hal Boyle
  • Jack Foisie
  • Bob Landry
  • Lucien Hubbard


10 Responses to Story of G.I. Joe (1945)

  1. manofaction62193
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    I am a fan of the show, comic, and everything GI JOE: A Real American Hero.

    Does it have to do anything with RAH?

    Save the world!!!

  2. rmax304823
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    "The Story of G.I. Joe" is about as good a treatment of the troops that we’re liable to get but it’s a bottom-up point of view. The most honest treatment of this horrifying and fruitless campaign is in a documentary from the History Channel called "Up the Boody Boot." You can buy it from places like Amazon.com but it’s only available on VHS and isn’t listed on IMDB.com for some reason. (It’s about two hours, minus commercial time.)

    The documentary, narrated by Fritz Weaver, doesn’t pull any punches. It names names, gives credit where it’s due, and faults openly some of the Allied commanders, chiefly Mark Clark and Gen. Alexander. It’s pretty brutal and includes shots of Allied dead, their faces obscured.

    The focus is on the landings at Anzio, where my Uncle Florian was hit in the spine, at what came to be called the Battle of the Caves, and become a paraplegic. Another old friend, now aged, spent a year in hospital and almost lost his leg. James Arness of "Gunsmoke" fame was also on the beach.

    I can’t recommend the documentary highly enough for anyone who wants an analysis of the Italian campaign rather than a flag-waving tribute to men who were unquestionably brave but misused.

  3. joseywales-3
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    I’ve seen the movie once or twice on either AMC or TCM and I’d to pick up the dvd, too bad it’s OOP. Any word on an SE or a reprint?

  4. maryelizabeth4109
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    hey, i never could understand what the men said the little dog’s name was. does anyone know? it sounded like abraham or something. thanks!!

  5. MountainMan
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    When I saw the high user rating I was expecting a better movie. I have always liked Robert Mitchum as an actor but I was disappointed in his lackluster performance. He just seemed to casual throughout, not like an officer with the pressures of leadership in a life and death struggle. Burgess Meredith just didn’t project well as a famous war correspondent, almost as if he didn’t have his heart in the movie. I gave it a 6/10.

    Mountain Man

  6. rac701
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    Anyone ever notice that portions of dialogue in this film, like some of the comedic and situational wisecracks made by the G.I.s, were actual captions to some of Bill Mauldin’s "Willie and Joe" cartoons?

    I’d have to go back over the film and specifically note the various examples, but it always seemed to me the screenwriters borrowed rather freely from Mr. Mauldin, without his ever being given any credit or acknowledgement…

  7. user-4720
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    I was surprised to see the amount of live ammo being used. Very cool. The setting up and firing of field piece in the plaza was textbook. Having all the extras being regular army combat vets just back from Europe added to the realism of the battle scenes.

    If you have the chance, read Ernie Pyle’s work. He was one of the very few newspaper reporters in our history that was worth a damn.

  8. DeathoNacrackeR
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    COOOOBRAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ——————————–

    Why so cereal?

  9. cheval52
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    My following comment was posted at the G.I. JANE movie page:

    "I always visualized Robert Mitchum (story of GI Joe) confronting Demi Moore (GI Jane) in a foxhole and knocking her right on her ASS!

    God Bless you Robert Mitchum and thank you for the memories

    Sir Patrick du Nord

  10. freethinkin
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    You can visit this page

    http://www.warscholar.com/ArmyAtDawnContest.html

    if you want to win a copy of the book An Army At Dawn, a new book on the US WW2 North African campaign.

    Cris Alvarez

    WarScholar.com

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