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The Story of G.I. Joe (1945) was a Biographical - Drama Film directed by William A. Wellman and produced by Lester Cowan and David Hall.

The Story of G.I. Joe was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2009.

Academy Awards 1945 --- Ceremony Number 18 (source: AMPAS)

Best Supporting ActorRobert MitchumNominated
Best Music - ScoringLouis Applebaum, Ann RonellNominated
Best Music - SongMusic and Lyrics by Ann RonellNominated
Best WritingLeopold Atlas, Guy Endore, Philip StevensonNominated

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[Final Line]
Ernie Pyle: (Voice-over): For those beneath the wooden crosses, there is nothing we can do, except perhaps to pause and murmur, "Thanks pal, thanks."

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William A. Wellman, nicknamed "Wild Bill", was a fighter pilot in World War I and hated the infantry, and therefore had no interest in making a film about them. Producer Lester Cowan tried several times to convince Wellman to direct the film, including showing up uninvited at Christmas with gifts for Wellman's children. Wellman finally agreed to take the job only after meeting and spending several days with Ernie Pyle at Pyle's home in New Mexico, where he saw how much former infantrymen revered him.
The extras in the film were real American GIs, in the process of being transferred from the war in Europe to the Pacific. Many of them were killed in the fighting on Okinawa - the same battle in which Ernie Pyle was killed by a Japanese machine gunner - never having seen the movie in which they appeared.
Several of the humorous lines spoken by G.I.s in the film are taken, uncredited, from WWII cartoonist Bill Mauldin's "Willie and Joe" characters.
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The Story of G.I. Joe

Released 1945
Inducted 2009

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