Pride of the Marines

Synopsis: Married couple Jim & Ella Merchant set up their single friend Al Schmid on a blind date with Ruth Hartley. The two hit it off and begin dating. A welder, one day at the workplace, Al learns of a friend's enlistment in the Marine Corps and decides to join himself. Al and Ruth have a last date, with Al insisting that she forget about him as he is about to go into combat. However, when Ruth goes to meet his departure train, he is overjoyed and gives her an engagement ring. Assigned to Guadalcanal, Al and his squad are tasked with preventing the Japanese from breaching their line. During a night attack, many of his fellow Marines are slain, but Al ends up single-handedly saving the day, killing scores of Japanese. However, he is wounded by a suicide bomber near the end of the the battle. At the hospital, Al learns that he is blind, a condition that persists even after surgery. Feeling sorry for himself, he dictates a letter to a nurse, informing Ruth that he is relieving her of any obligat
Director(s): Delmer Daves
Production: Warner Bros.
120 min

to a woman's heart.

You know,

the funniest thing happened today.

I ran into a girl

i used to know.

Pretty as a picture.

Nice manners, and she's

a good bowler, too.

Ruth bowled 500.

300 is tops.

What's the extra 200

for, good behavior?

Maybe. I don't know

anything about bowling.

Ella mae, stop being

mrs. Cupid, will you?

Ditch the bow and arrow.

Girls are great

for laughs,

like those silly hats

they wear.

Don't bring

any new girls around here, please.

Well, anyway, she's

a wonderful bowler.


You blew a fuse, jim!


I fix something,

then everything

goes black.


the lights are out!

Yes, dear,

i know they're out.

You're sure

a great electrician.

Thanks for

the compliment.

Ella mae:

the lights went out!

Don't you think

i know it?

Did you ring the bell?

Yes, and sparks

flew out.

We blew a fuse.

Don't the merchants

live here anymore?

Yeah, i'm al schmid.

I board here.

I suppose your name

is ruth.

How did you know?

Ella mae was te...

it's silly for you

to be standing out there.

Come on in.

Confound it!

Where's the stairway?

Hi, ruth.

Gotta find some fuses.

Why don't you

take that thing off before it flies away?

Hat. Hat.

Ella mae:

something's burning on the stove,

and i can't see

a thing.

Find a safe spot

and sit.

Where's ella mae?

The kitchen. Have a sofa.

I fell over

a waste basket, daddy!

Then pick yourself up.

Ella mae and i used to

work in the same office.

Jim and i, we work

in the same factory.

That must be nice.


I bumped

into the door, daddy!

Ella mae:
Jim, do you

know what you're doing?

Of course i know

what i'm doing! I'm fixing it!


Did you

get a shock, daddy?

Ella mae:
Put a penny

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Albert Maltz

Albert Maltz was an American playwright, fiction writer and screenwriter. He was one of the Hollywood Ten who were jailed in 1950 for their 1947 refusal to testify before the US Congress about their involvement with the Communist Party USA. more…

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