W: Robert Sherwood [based on the
novel 'Glory For Me' by Mackinlay Kantor]
DP: Gregg Toland
Ed: Daniel Mandell
Mus: Hugo Friedhofer
PD: George Jenkins & Perry
Cos: Irene Sharaff
Fredric March (Al Stephenson), Myrna
Loy (Milly Stephenson), Dana Andrews (Fred Derry), Teresa Wright (Peggy Stephenson), Harold Russell (Homer Parrish), Virginia Mayo (Marie Derry),
Cathy O'Donnell (Wilma Cameron), Hoagy Carmichael (Butch Engle)
One of the best war films ever made doesn't
actually deal with the conflict itself, but the aftermath of the events and the affect it has on it's men.
Three soldiers come home after World War II and
return to their small community to find it incredibly difficult to adjust back to civilian life following their experiences overseas.
Each serviceman has their own story; Al Stephenson
returns to his wife and family and his old job as a banker; Fred Derry's wife has left him and he has no career prospects and struggles to find meaningful employment and Homer Parrish
returns home with hooks for hands, hoping to settle down with his fiancé and plan a marriage (Homer was played by Harold Russell, a real life amputee).
Complete with a fantastic cast, this war drama is
considered one of the all time classic films and with good reason.
One of the best films of our lives.
To avoid awkwardness when he first met his fellow cast
members, Harold Russell made a point of reaching out with his hooks and taking their hands, thus putting them at ease with his disability.