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Bright Victory
Bright Victory
is a 1951 American drama romance war film directed by Mark Robson
Mark Robson
starring Arthur Kennedy and Peggy Dow.

Contents

1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Awards 4 Filming locations 5 References 6 External links

Plot[edit] During World War II, Larry Nevins, an American sergeant, is blinded by a German sniper while fighting in North Africa. He is taken to a Pennsylvania hospital for other blinded soldiers, where he struggles to accept and come to terms with his disability. After initial despondency, Larry is taught to orient himself and walk through the grounds and in town by memorization and use of a cane. He befriends Joe Morgan, another blinded veteran, and Judy, a local bank teller who also volunteers at socializing with disabled soldiers. One day Larry, unaware that Joe is black, utters a racial slur. This causes a huge rift between Larry and others. Meanwhile, he progresses well in his recovery, passing a crucial test to see how well he can handle himself on the street. He is cleared for furlough, so Judy takes him to spend a weekend at her sister's nearby cabin, where he goes fishing and is entertained by her family. From Judy's brother-in-law, Larry learns of a very successful blind lawyer, giving him hope for the future. After dinner, Judy reveals her love for him. Larry tells her he needs more security and family support and already has a fiancee in his Florida hometown. Somewhat dispirited, he goes home and has a rough time dealing with the racial attitudes of his Southern parents and friends. His fiancee's family is having doubts about his fitness as a son-in-law, and his parents are downcast because of his disability. Larry is happy to see his fiancee, Chris, though he still thinks of Judy. After a bad experience at his homecoming party, he tells Chris the difficulties they can expect with his disability, and that he wants to relocate rather than be patronized with a menial local job her successful father has offered him. After some thought, Chris tells Larry that she doesn't feel strong enough to marry and move far away with him while he struggles to make a new life for both of them. Returning to the hospital, Larry takes a side trip to Philadelphia and meets the successful blind lawyer who had given him hope. The lawyer tells him that life is difficult but worth it and that his wife was an invaluable helper to him in his career. At the train station en route to begin a more advanced rehabilitation course, Larry is unexpectedly reunited with Judy. They joyfully declare their mutual love. Boarding the train, he hears Joe Morgan's name called. He catches Joe's arm, apologizes for all the hurt he caused and asks if they can be friends. Joe accepts the apology. They board and sit together as the train pulls out of the station. Cast[edit]

Arthur Kennedy as Larry Nevins Peggy Dow as Judy Greene Julie Adams
Julie Adams
as Chris Paterson (as Julia Adams) James Edwards as Joe Morgan Will Geer
Will Geer
as Mr. Lawrence Nevins Nana Bryant
Nana Bryant
as Mrs. Claire Nevins Jim Backus
Jim Backus
as Bill Grayson Minor Watson
Minor Watson
as Mr. Edward Paterson Joan Banks
Joan Banks
as Janet Grayson Richard Egan as Sgt. John Masterson John Hudson as Cpl. John Flagg Marjorie Crossland as Mrs. Paterson Donald Miele as 'Moose' Garvey Murray Hamilton
Murray Hamilton
as Pete Hamiton Larry Keating as Jess Coe Hugh Reilly as Capt. Phelan Mary Cooper as Nurse Bailey Rock Hudson
Rock Hudson
as Dudek Ken Harvey as Joe Scanlon Russell Dennis as Pvt. Fred Tyler Philip Faversham as Lt. Atkins (as Phil Faversham) Robert F. Simon
Robert F. Simon
as Psychiatrist Virginia Mullen as Mrs. Coe Ruth Esherick as Nurse

Awards[edit] Bright Victory
Bright Victory
was nominated for Academy Awards
Academy Awards
for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Arthur Kennedy) and Best Sound, Recording (Leslie I. Carey).[1] The film was also entered into the 1951 Cannes Film Festival.[2] Filming locations[edit] Part of the film was made at Valley Forge Army Hospital
Valley Forge Army Hospital
in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
- the town's name is mentioned in the film. There were also several scenes that were shot in downtown Phoenixville and Kimberton, PA. References[edit]

^ "The 24th Academy Awards
Academy Awards
(1952) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-08-20.  ^ "Festival de Cannes: Bright Victory". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-01-11. 

External links[edit]

Bright Victory
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at the TCM Movie Database Bright Victory
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at the American Film Institute Catalog

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Films directed by Mark Robson

The Seventh Victim
The Seventh Victim
(1943) The Ghost Ship
The Ghost Ship
(1943) Youth Runs Wild
Youth Runs Wild
(1944) Isle of the Dead (1944) Bedlam (1946) Champion (1949) Roughshod (1949) Home of the Brave (1949) My Foolish Heart (1949) Edge of Doom
Edge of Doom
(1950) Bright Victory
Bright Victory
(1951) I Want You (1951) Return to Paradise (1953) Hell Below Zero
Hell Below Zero
(1954) Phffft
Phffft
(1954) The Bridges at Toko-Ri
The Bridges at Toko-Ri
(1954) A Prize of Gold
A Prize of Gold
(1955) Trial (1955) The Harder They Fall
The Harder They Fall
(1956) The Little Hut
The Little Hut
(1957) Peyton Place (1957) The Inn of the Sixth Happiness
The Inn of the Sixth Happiness
(1958) From the Terrace
From the Terrace
(1960) Nine Hours to Rama
Nine Hours to Rama
(1963) The Prize (1963) Von Ryan's Express
Von Ryan's Express
(1965) Lost Command
Lost Command
(1966) Valley of the Dolls (1967) Daddy's Gone A-Hunting (1969) Happy Birthday, Wanda June
Happy Birthday, Wanda June
(1971) Limbo (1972) Earthquake (1974) Avalan

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