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The Glory Brigade (1953)

Approved | | Action, Drama, War | 20 May 1953 (USA)
During the Korean War, an American unit of combat engineers must work with Greek troops in order to perform a reconnaissance mission behind Communist lines.

Director:

Robert D. Webb

Writer:

Franklin Coen
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Victor Mature ... Lt. Sam Pryor
Alexander Scourby ... Lt. Niklas
Lee Marvin ... Cpl. Bowman
Richard Egan ... Sgt. Johnson
Nick Dennis ... Cpl. Marakis
Roy Roberts ... Sgt. Chuck Anderson
Alvy Moore ... Pvt. 'Stoney' Stone
Russell Evans Russell Evans ... Pvt. Taylor
Henry Kulky ... Sgt. 'Smitty' Smitkowsky
Gregg Martell Gregg Martell ... Pvt. Ryan
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During the Korean War Lt. Sam Pryor volunteers his platoon to escort Greek troops to perform a reconnaissance mission behind Communist lines. Due to his Greek heritage Pryor is initially proud to accompany the Greek contingent but his feelings change to scorn and mistrust when what he believes is cowardice shown by the Greek soldiers and their leaders results in the near annihiliation of his own platoon. An uneasy alliance is maintained between the US and Greek troops as the enemy's true objective is learned. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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You'll Never Love So Hard In Your Life... as these hard-hitting guys hit the dirt... and come up fighting!

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Action | Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Greek

Release Date:

20 May 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Baptism of Fire See more »

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Budget:

$850,000 (estimated)
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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Special effects crew member Jess Wolf died from injuries suffered while working on a dynamite blast for the film. See more »

Quotes

[Pryor's men discover their Greek allies are dancing around their campfire before battle]
Pvt. 'Stoney' Stone: Fantastic fighters? Ha!
Lt. Sam Pryor: If ever a private was askin' to be busted...
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Tight Outfit
21 April 2006 | by jldmp1See all my reviews

This packs a lot of punch for its tight construction.

We go straight to war in the opening shot: the platoon retreats over the makeshift bridge, the camera pulls back on the corps' sign; it jiggles with the concussions from the explosions in the river, then pans over to the embankment -- a complicated shot that says a great deal, but does it economically. The movie ends economically, too, with the battle won, and the two commanders smiling at the results, cuing our response.

I suspect this movie was a template for several modern war features, yet strangely this has gone somewhat overlooked; perhaps, simply because Korea is not an over-filmed war, and we think of it mostly on "MASH"'s terms.

A guerrilla attack on a tank uses an explosive charge under a tank tread -- later used in "The Terminator". A depot is attacked by using distractions, then an infantry charge; the actors' positioning, movements and the camera angles -- the very visual vocabulary of that scene -- are elements that would later appear in "Predator".


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