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

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man, voice-over:

This is philadelphia, 1941.

Everybody's got a hometown.

This one's mine.

My name is schmid.

Al schmid.

Maybe you've heard of me,

maybe not.

Anyhow, one way or another,

what i've got to tell you

starts here in philly.

I grew up here.

Used to go to places

like independence hall.

That's where

the liberty bell is,

and where the declaration

of independence was signed.

When i went to school,

we used to visit the museums

and famous places

like constitution hall.

Our first congress met

right here at tun tavern,

where the u. s. Marines

were founded back in 1775.

And this is where

betsy ross lived.

You heard about her, i guess.

She made the first

american flag.

None of these things meant

a whole lot to me then.

When you grow up with something,

you kind of take it for granted.

And the reason you're

seeing these places now

is just because this

is where my story begins.

But it could have

begun anywhere.

It could have begun

in your hometown maybe.

And what happened to me

might have happened to you.

Hey, look what i got.

Say, what's the idea?

What are the flowers for?

Somebody kick the bucket?

No. First bouquet

i ever bought for a gal in my life,

and they're for

your wife.

Say, what are you doing?

I got tired

of buying batteries.

I'm hooking this up

to the house circuit.

What do you know

about electricity?

Nothing, but it

ought to work.

Might set

the house afire.

Short circuit.

Where's ella mae?


On your anniversary?

It was her idea.

Hi, al!

Hi, loretta.

Those flowers for me?

Nope. For your

hard-working mom, honey.

Gee willikers.

If anybody ever

gave me flowers,

i'd fall flat

on my face.

Mrs. Merchant,

when a star boarder

buys a bunch of posies for his landlady,

you know

she's a swell gal.

Happy anniversary.


the only couple

i know that are happy though married.

One of these days,

you'll be bringing flowers

home to a wife

of your own.

Then there'll be

two happy couples.

I live alone and like it.

You live alone

and look it.

Wait till

you live double.

It's more fun.

Aw, those flowers

are beautiful, al. Thanks.

Now you better

get ready for dinner.

Come on, al,

let's go get shaved.


I should have thought

of that myself.

What do you shave for, al?

Oh, to make me handsome.

I think you're

handsome already.

I think you're beautiful.

Do you like girls, al?

I sure do.

When did you first

start liking girls?

Well, when i found out

they weren't boys.

Well, if you like girls,

how do you know you're

gonna be a bachelor?

'Cause i ain't gonna

ever get married. Ever.

I wish i could shave, too.

Oh, that's easy.

Here. Sit right here.

Slap on the soap.

Feels good.

It tickles!

Now lift your head.

Al, ma says she knows

lots of legible girls.

Yeah, i know that already.

Mom can get almost

anybody married, pop says.

That's why she invites

all those girls here to meet you.

Ma says someday you're

gonna get hooked.

Not me.

If i do, i won't be

a bachelor anymore, see?

I'll tell you a secret

if you give me a big kiss.

You know, i am

gonna get married.




Oh, 5, 6 years from now.

To me?


Oh, you wouldn't

really marry me.

Honest to pete, i would.

Oh, gee!

I'll always remember

the first time i shaved,

you did it.

I put my car

in the garage.

Wouldn't you know it?

It rained on my anniversary.

Never in all my born

days did i ever see a prettier table.

Candles and everything.

Oh, those flowers

are beautiful, al.

You do know the way

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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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