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The Purple Heart (1944)

Approved | | Drama, History, War | 23 February 1944 (USA)
A stock WW2 era drama which was produced for morale purposes.

Director:

Lewis Milestone

Writers:

Jerome Cady, Darryl F. Zanuck (story) (as Melville Crossman)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dana Andrews ... Capt. Harvey Ross
Richard Conte ... Lt. Angelo Canelli
Farley Granger ... Sgt. Howard Clinton
Kevin O'Shea Kevin O'Shea ... Sgt. Jan Skvoznik
Don 'Red' Barry ... Lt. Peter Vincent (as Donald Barry)
Trudy Marshall ... Mrs. Ross
Sam Levene ... Lt. Wayne Greenbaum
Charles Russell ... Lt. Kenneth Bayforth
John Craven ... Sgt. Martin Stoner
Tala Birell ... Johanna Hartwig - Berlin News Correspondent
Richard Loo ... General Ito Mitsubi
Peter Chong Peter Chong ... Mitsuru Toyama
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Storyline

This is the story of the crew of a downed bomber, captured after a run over Tokyo, early in the war. Relates the hardships the men endure while in captivity, and their final humiliation: being tried and convicted as war criminals. Written by Buxx Banner <buxx572@aol.com>

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NOW it can be told! You'll burn with rage... and thrill with pride! See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

23 February 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Corazón púrpura See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,500,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to the 'Hollywood Reporter' in October 1943, the following actors tested for this movie: Abner Biberman; J. Edward Bromberg; Michael Chekhov; Paul Gordon; Alan Napier; and Herbert Rudley. See more »

Goofs

When the Swiss Red Cross representative is escorted into the office, the guard places his rifle "order arms" on his left side, rifle butt on floor. The Red Cross man then passes the guard by. The guards rifle is now on his right side "order arms". There couldn't have been enough time to relocate the rifle. See more »

Quotes

Title Card: "Let it be known that he who wears the military order of the purple heart has given of his blood in the defense of his homeland and shall forever be revered by his fellow countrymen." - Geo. Washington, General and Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, Aug. 7 1782
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Connections

Featured in Forget Paris (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

The Battle Hymn of the Republic
Music by William Steffe
Lyrics by Julia Ward Howe
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A fact based story
26 July 2002 | by kclark3See all my reviews

The Purple Heart was a very good movie for the times. The people who brand it "sappy" and "propagandistic", or the brain dead person who chortles about "patriotic lunkheads" enlisting in the armed forces because of this movie were not alive during that period. They know nothing about the horror of total war. The survival of this nation was in doubt, and men were dying or being captured by sadistic Japanese who murdered them while in captivity. Every parent dreaded the telegram delivery boy, thinking what it might mean. Ever heard of the Bataan Death March? This movie was a fact based story about captured Americans from the Doolittle raid, in which several American Airmen were tried as War Criminals, and some of them were executed. Such a show trial was not repeated, but it showed the beastiality of the Bushido warriors. Japan should hang it's head in shame. The performances were dead right for war time, and Dana Andrews was superb, there were few cliches, it was mostly truth. Mr Bartalotti was right, there was a great deal in a short time. A True achievement. For the silly few who worry about propaganda, remember we were at war, and remember Pearl Harbor.


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