This 1953 film was adapted from the popular novel by James Jones. It depicts barracks life of American soldiers in Hawaii prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.  The movie’s hero is a stubborn boxer who has harmed a man in the past and refuses to fight on his company’s boxing team. He’s severely abused, and in the end he dies a tragic death when shot by mistake by sentries looking for Japanese infiltrators.  The movie won  Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Frank Sinatra), Best Supporting Actress (Donna Reed), and Best Screenplay.  The movie rejuvenated Sinatra’s sagging career.

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