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The Red Badge of Courage
File:Red Badge of Courage 1951.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by John Huston
Produced by Gottfried Reinhardt
Written by Stephen Crane (novel)
John Huston
Starring Audie Murphy
Bill Mauldin
Andy Devine
Robert Easton
Douglas Dick
Tim Durant
Music by Bronislau Kaper
Distributed by MGM
Release date(s) March 16, 1951
Running time 69 min
Country United States
Language English

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 American Civil War 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.


Production notes[]

Director John Huston used unusual compositions and camera angles drawn from film noir to create an alienating battlefield environment. Huston had high hopes for the movie, believing it could have been "his best." He became frustrated when the studio cut the film's length to seventy minutes following supposedly poor audience test screenings.

The film is available on DVD.

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