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To Hell and Back Details


The highly variable Audie Murphy delivers his best screen performance as "himself" in Universal's To Hell and Back. Based on the star's autobiography, this is the story of how Murphy became America's most-decorated soldier during WW II. After dwelling a bit on Murphy's hard-scrabble Texas upbringing, the story moves ahead to 1942, when, as a teenager, Audie joined the army. Within a year, he was a member of the 7th Army, serving in North Africa, Italy, France and ultimately Germany and Austria. One by one, the members of Murphy's Company B are killed in the war, until only three men from the original company are left (the others appear at the finale as ghostly images, a standard visual cliché of 1950s war films). The bulk of the film is given over to Murphy's conspicuous acts of combat bravery, and his killing of 240 enemy soldiers. Highlighted by excellent battle sequences, To Hell and Back is a serviceable tribute to a most complex individual. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Audie Murphy
as Himself
Marshall Thompson
as Johnson
Susan Kohner
as Maria
Charles Drake
as Brandon
Jack Kelly
as Kerrigan
Gregg Palmer
as Lieutenant Manning
David Janssen
as Lieutenant Lee
Paul Picerni
as Valentino
Richard Castle
as Kovak
Art Aragon
as Sanchez
Felix Noriego
as Swope
Brett Halsey
as Saunders
Bruce Cowling
as Captain Marks
Paul Langton
as Colonel Howe
Julian Upton
as Steiner
Mary Field
as Mrs. Murphy
Denver Pyle
as Thompson
Didi Ramati
as Carla
Howard Price
as Truck Driver
Barbara James
as Cleopatra
Madge Meredith
as Corinne
Maria Costi
as Julia
Ralph Sanford
as Chief Petty Officer
Mort Mills
as Soldier
Henry Kulky
as Stack
Nan Boardman
as Maria's Mother
Anabel Shaw
as Helen
Edna Holland
as Mrs. Houston
Howard Wright
as Mr. Houston
Rand Brooks
as Lt. Harris
Rankin Mansfield
as Dr. Snyder
Ashley Cowan
as Scottish soldier


Aaron Rosenberg
Gil Doud
Audie Murphy
Screen Story
Maury Gertsman
Joseph E. Gershenson
Musical Direction/Supervision
Henry Mancini
Composer (Music Score)
Alexander Golitzen
Art Director
Robert Clatworthy
Art Director
Audie Murphy
Tom Shaw
First Assistant Director
Bud Westmore