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The Story of G.I. Joe (1945)




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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


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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Critic Reviews for The Story of G.I. Joe

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (3)

Though it's considered a seminal war film, The Story of G.I. Joe hasn't aged particularly well, focusing on generic dogfaces instead of legendary correspondent Ernie Pyle.

August 26, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A desolating masterpiece from beginning to end, like any war is. [Full review in Spanish]

October 17, 2016 | Full Review…

It's not an anti-war movie, but something even rarer; a war-agnostic movie.

June 17, 2014 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

One of the most realistic and popular WWII movies made by Hollywood, for which star Robert Mitchum received his sole Oscar nomination.

July 23, 2012 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Above average WWII salute to soldier's journalist Ernie Pyle; early Mitchum starring roll.

March 21, 2009 | Rating: 4/5

One of the better war films.

May 30, 2005 | Rating: A | Full Review…

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