Audie Leon Murphy (June 20, 1924 â May 28, 1971) was an American soldier in World War II, and later became a famous actor, in 44 American films, plus a songwriter. In 27 months of combat action, Murphy became the most decorated United States combat soldier of World War II. He received the Medal of Honor, the U.S. military's highest award for valor, along with 32 additional U.S. medals, five from France, and one from Belgium.
Murphy had a successful movie career, including the extremely popular To Hell and Back (1955), based on his memoir of the same name (1949), also starring in 33 Hollywood Westerns. Audie Murphy died in a plane crash in 1971 and was interred, with full military honors, in Arlington National Cemetery (his is the 2nd most-visited gravesite, after JFK).
Audie Leon Murphy was born near Kingston, Texas, to Emmett Berry and Josie Bell Murphy (nÃŠe Killian), two poor sharecroppers, and grew up near Celeste, Texas (Hunt County). Murphy went to school in Celeste until the...
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The Quiet American was the first film adaptation, a distortion, of Graham Greene's bestselling novel, released in 1958.
The film, directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and starring Audie Murphy, Michael Redgrave, and Giorgia Moll, was critically well-received, though not considered a box office success.
The film script was written by Mankiewicz, with uncredited input from CIA officer Edward Lansdale , who was often said to be the actual inspiration for the American character "Pyle," played by Murphy.
The film was also dedicated to Ngo Dinh Diem, the U.S.-backed president of South Vietnam who took office shortly after the novel's publication. In a Hollywood still recovering from the blacklist of American communists, the film stirred a controversy, as Graham Greene was furious that his anti-American message was excised,
and he disavowed the Mankiewicz film as a "propaganda film for America." Set in Saigon during 1952, as the Vietnamese national liberation forces are delivering some major...
Ride a Crooked Trail is a 1958 American western film.During his escape, bank robber Joe Maybe takes the identity of a famous US Marshal. He enters a town, only to raise the suspicions of the local sheriff, Judge Kyle. His real identity is nearly blown when he meets Tessa Milott, his old lover who knows Maybe's past.She must now pretend she is his wife to avoid further scrutiny from Kyle and her boyfriend. They move into a house and are well respected in town, although they maintain secrecy to protect a young orphan boy who has grown attached to Maybe. Tessa struggles between her loyalty to her real criminal boyfriend and her strong feelings for Maybe....,
Night Passage is a 1957 western film starring James Stewart and Audie Murphy. The film is reminiscent of the popular western collaborations between Stewart and director Anthony Mann. This is largely because the project was slated to be their sixth collaboration. Mann backed out of the project before production due to other obligations and a disagreement over the casting of Audie Murphy. Aaron Rosenberg, who produced many of the Stewart-Mann collaborations, stayed on as producer with the new director James Neilson.
Dimitri Tiomkin scored the film, and co-wrote the songs "Follow the River" and "You Can't Get Far Without a Railroad" with Ned Washington, which were performed by James Stewart himself. The film also offered Stewart the rare opportunity to play the accordion, an instrument he had played since childhood. The film was the first to utilize the Technirama process by Technicolor. This process helped crispen the blue skies and brighten the autumn footage photographed by...,
The Red Badge of Courage is a 1951 war film made by MGM. It was directed by John Huston and produced by Gottfried Reinhardt with Dore Schary as executive producer. The screenplay is by John Huston, adapted by Albert Band from the Stephen Crane novel of the same name. The cinematography is by Harold Rosson and the music score by Bronislau Kaper. The making of the film is the subject of Lillian Ross's 1952 book Picture.The film is a sparse but faithful retelling of the story, incorporating narration from the text to move the plot forward. Audie Murphy, a hero of World War II who later went into acting, played the lead role of Henry Fleming. Other actors include cartoonist Bill Mauldin, Andy Devine, Arthur Hunnicutt, and Royal Dano.Although this was reportedly one of Huston's favorite films, he left the editing to his staff so that he could be on the set of his next project, The African Queen.One scene shows a section of US infantry wading a creek, and a soldier armed with a Springfield...,
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