The Story of G.I. Joe | Chicago Reader

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One of the few items of interest in William Wellman's postwar career, this 1945 production was designed to contravene the conventions of the propaganda films that immediately preceded it. The story, drawn from the memoirs of correspondent Ernie Pyle, is loose and anecdotal, and Wellman's habitual raw, slapdash direction serves well the documentary pretensions of the project. Robert Mitchum makes a strong, early appearance as an average fighting man; Burgess Meredith, as Pyle, is less mannered than usual. With Freddie Steele, Wally Cassell, and Jimmy Lloyd; photographed by Russell Metty.

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