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Sands of Iwo Jima (1949) was a Action - Drama Film directed by Allan Dwan and produced by Edmund Grainger.

Academy Awards 1949 --- Ceremony Number 22 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorJohn WayneNominated
Best Film EditingRichard L. Van EngerNominated
Best WritingHarry BrownNominated
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By The Metzinger Sisters on Feb 13, 2020 From Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers

John Agar and Adele Mara enjoy a posed smooch for the photographer for this publicity photo from the war drama The Sands of Iwo Jima ( 1949 ). The publicity department was trying to promote the romantic story angle of the film. Adele Mara, born Adelaida Delgado, was a popular pin-up gal of the 1940s... Read full article


Sands of Iwo Jima (1949)

By Beatrice on May 31, 2015 From Flickers in Time

Sands of Iwo Jima Directed by Allan Dwan Written by Harry Brown and James Edward Grant, story by Brown 1949/USA Republic Pictures First viewing/Netflix rental This contains all the WWII war movie cliches rolled into one. ?John Wayne fans won’t want to miss it though. Sgt. John M. Stryker ... Read full article


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Sgt. Stryker: Life is tough, but it's tougher if you're stupid.


[During the night the squad is guarding a trenchline amid word that the Japanese may launch an attack. From out of the night a faint voice can be heard calling "Corpsman."]
Pfc. Benny Regazzi: [his voice hushed] Stryker!
Sgt. Stryker: [hushed] Get down! Stay down! You have your orders, don't move!
Pfc. Peter Conway: [hushed] There's somebody wounded out there. Let's go get him!
Sgt. Stryker: Stay down, it might be a Jap trick, they pulled it off plenty of times at Guadalcanal.
Pfc. Peter Conway: That doesn't sound like a Jap to me!
Sgt. Stryker: I don't care what it sounds like to you! You stick your head up, you'll tip our position.
[the voice resumes, and now we can recognize it]
Pfc. Charlie Bass: [unseen in the night] Stryker!
Pfc. Peter Conway: That's Bass. How many Japs know your name, Stryker?


Pfc. Charlie Bass: Don't do it. Just this once, don't do it.
Sgt. Stryker: Don't do what?
Pfc. Charlie Bass: Don't get blind, staggerin' stinkin' falling down drunk.
Sgt. Stryker: Charlie, nobody sets out to get blind, staggerin' stinkin' falling down drunk.
Pfc. Charlie Bass: Yeah, some people do.


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Apparently, this movie has the first ever recorded use of the phrase "lock and load", said by John Wayne. "Lock and load" is a military command meaning to apply a weapon's safety catch, and then load it with ammunition. The expression was used once in this film for this meaning and once as a metaphor to get drunk, as in get loaded.
A colorized version of this movie has been made.
Thousands of feet of barbed wire were used in the making of this movie.
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