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Fred Zinnemann's sensitive film on the plight of paraplegic WWII veterans features Marlon Brando in his superbly moving screen debut. He plays Lt. Bud Wilozek, one of a group of veterans recovering in the paraplegic ward of a hospital in his hometown. His former fiancée, Ellen (Theresa Wright), explains to his physician, Dr. Brock (Everett Sloane), her concern about his isolation and apparent depression since he has broken their engagment and refuses to see her. He counsels her to be patient, but when he decides to broach the issue with Bud, the embittered patient reacts angrily to the doctor's intrusiveness, and continues to refuse to see Ellen. The doctor cajoles the withdrawn paraplegic into the life of the ward, where fellow patients Richard Erdman, Jack Webb, and Arthur Jurado begin to pull Bud out of his spiritual miasma. At length, his sense of hope starts to return, and after seeing Ellen for the first time in months, he begins to contemplate the possibility of marriage. Zinnemann and screenwriter Carl Foreman spent a month in a veteran's hospital researching the film, and Brando lived in the paraplegic unit for a time as part of his preparation. ~ Michael Costello, Rovi

  • Release date:July 20, 1950


Awarded by
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Stanley Kramer Best Film - Any Source 1950 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Carl Foreman Best Story and Screenplay 1950 Nominee


Marlon Brando
as Ken
Teresa Wright
as Ellen Wilozek
Everett Sloane
as Dr. Brock
Jack Webb
as Norm
Richard Erdman
as Leo
Virginia Farmer
as Nurse Robbins
Dorothy Tree
as Ellen's Mother
Howard St. John
as Ellen's Father
Patricia Joiner
as Laverne
Cliff Clark
as Dr. Kameran
Ray Teal
as Man at Bar
Margarita Martin
as Angel's Mother
John Hamilton
as Justice of the peace
DeForest Kelley
John Miller
as Mr. Doolin
John Hamilton
as Justice of the peace


Fred Zinnemann
Stanley Kramer
Carl Foreman
Screen Story
Carl Foreman
Robert de Grasse
Dimitri Tiomkin
Musical Direction/Supervision
Dimitri Tiomkin
Composer (Music Score)
Harry Gerstad
Rudolph Sternad
Production Designer
George Glass
Associate Producer
Gus Norin