The Story of G.I. Joe

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The Story of G.I. Joe was based on the columns of Scripps-Howard war correspondent Ernie Pyle (Burgess Meredith). Though already past 40, Pyle insists upon marching along with an Army infantry unit during the Italian campaign. He befriends several of the soldiers, including commanding officer Lt. Walker (Robert Mitchum in his breakthrough role), family man Sgt. Warnicki (Freddie Steele) and would-be romeo Private Dondaro (Wally Cassell). The "plot" of the film is moved forward by the progression of the war itself; basically, however, G.I. Joe is an anecdotal collection of comic, dramatic and tragic vignettes. Some of the more memorable moments include: Sgt. Warnicki's ongoing efforts to listen to a recording of his infant son's voice; Walker's casual reactions to his many field promotions; and a wedding ceremony which is "punctuated" by an air raid. Many infantry veterans consider The Story of GI Joe to be the single most realistic Hollywood war film of the 1940s, eschewing big stars, phony heroics and overblown battle sequences in favor of the everyday trials and tribulations of the humble foot soldier. Ironically, Pyle, who acted as technical adviser when he wasn't busy on the front, was killed by an enemy sniper shortly before the release of this film. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Burgess Meredith
as Ernie Pyle - Scripps-Howard War Correspondent
Robert Mitchum
as Lt. Walker
Freddie Steele
as Sgt. Warnicki
Wally Cassell
as Pvt. Dondaro
Jimmy Lloyd
as Pvt. Spencer
Jack Reilly
as Pvt. Murphy
William Self
as Cookie Henderson
Dick Rich
as Sergeant at Showers
George Lait
as Himself
Hal Boyle
as Himself
Jack Foisie
as Himself
Bob Landry
as Himself
Bill Self
as Cookie Henderson
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Audience Reviews for The Story of G.I. Joe

  • Sep 07, 2007
    The Story of G.I. Joe stands as a stirring tribute to those average soldiers who struggled to survive on the front lines of WWII. Set primarily in Italy, the film follows a band of infantrymen and an ever-present war correspondent, Ernie Pyle (Burgess Meredith). Robert Mitchum shines in a gritty, oscar nominated performance as Captain Bill Walker. As with other war films of the time, this one's laced with more than a bit of Hollywood sentimentality and a healthy dose of cheeseyness but if ever a picture deserved to be sentimental and sappy this is the one. When it comes to classic war films, The Story of G.I. Joe ranks as one of the best.
    Kevin S Super Reviewer

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