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The Red Badge of Courage (1951) was a Drama - War Film directed by John Huston and produced by Dore Schary and Gottfried Reinhardt.

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The Red Badge of Courage (1951)

By Beatrice on Aug 19, 2015 From Flickers in Time

The Red Badge of Courage Directed by John Huston Written by John Huston and adapted by Albert Band from the novel by Stephen Crane 1951/USA Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer First viewing/Amazon Instant This adaptation of the classic novel is the simple story of a raw young soldier’s coming of age. ?We... Read full article

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John Huston considered this his best film. After a power struggle at the top of MGM management, the film was cut from a 2 hour epic to the 69 minute version released to theaters. It was never released as a A-list movie but was shown as a 2nd feature B-list movie. Both Houston and star Audie Murphy tried unsuccessfully to purchase the film so that it could be re-edited to its original length. The studio claiming that the cut footage was destroyed. Unless there is an undiscovered copy of the uncut version, this movie will never be viewed as John Huston intended.
This production amounted to a power struggle between Louis B. Mayer and producer Dore Schary. Mayer rejected the production (partly on account of it lacking women and thus a romance angle) and Schary insisted. Mayer appealed to Loew's Inc. chairman Nicholas Schenck and was rebuffed. This and other ego-bruising incidents that occurred during the same period resulted in Mayer's ouster from the company he helped found in 1924. As Mayer predicted the $1.6 million film flopped badly but by the Summer of 1951 he was out.
Director John Huston lost control of this picture when, over his objections, his bosses at MGM recut it, editing out over 20 minutes. Whole scenes, including one featuring Royal Dano, were discarded. Huston did not waste any time fighting over it, as he was focused on the pre-production of his next picture, The African Queen. Lillian Ross wrote about the trials of producing "The Red Badge of Courage" in her book "Picture".
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