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Director  Mark Robson
Music director  Frank Skinner
Country  United States
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Genre  Drama, War
Screenplay  Robert Buckner
Language  English
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Writer  Baynard Kendrick, Robert Buckner
Release date  1951
Cast  Arthur Kennedy (Larry Nevins), Peggy Dow (Judy Greene), Julie Adams (Chris Paterson), James Edwards (Joe Morgan), Will Geer (Mr. Lawrence Nevins), Jim Backus (Bill Grayson)
Similar movies  Greyhawk, The Book of Eli, Seven Pounds, Operator, At First Sight, Sparsh

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Bright Victory is a 1951 American drama romance war film directed by Mark Robson starring Arthur Kennedy and Peggy Dow.

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During World War II, Larry Nevins, an American sergeant, is blinded by a German sniper while fighting in North Africa. He is taken to a hospital for other blinded soldiers, where he struggles to come to terms with his disability.

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Larry quickly adapts physically, but the difficulty of forging relationships unknowing of race, creed, or appearance takes its toll. He befriends Joe Morgan, another blinded veteran, and Judy, a bank teller in town.

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One day Larry, unaware that Joe is black, utters a racial slur. This causes a huge rift between Larry and others. Meanwhile, he progresses well in his recovery, passing a crucial test to see how well he can handle himself on the street. He is cleared for furlough, so Judy takes him to visit her sister's cabin.

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Larry learns of a very successful blind lawyer, giving him hope for the future. After dinner, Judy reveals her love for him. Larry says he needs more security and already has a fiancee at home.

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Somewhat dispirited, he goes home and has a rough time dealing with the racial attitudes of his Southern family and friends. His fiancee's family is having doubts about his fitness as a son-in-law and his parents are downcast because of his disability.

Larry is happy to see his fiancee, Chris, though he still thinks of Judy. After a bad experience at his homecoming party, he tells Chris the difficulties they can expect with his disability. Chris eventually tells Larry that she isn't strong enough to leave home while Larry struggles to make a new life for both of them.

Returning to the hospital, Larry takes a side trip to Philadelphia and meets the famous lawyer who had given him hope. The lawyer tells him that life is difficult but worth it and that his wife was an invaluable helper to him.

At the train station, Larry is unexpectedly reunited with Judy. They joyfully declare their mutual love.

Boarding the train, he hears Joe Morgan's name called. He catches Joe's arm, apologizes for all the hurt he caused and asks if they can be friends. Joe accepts the apology. They board and sit together as the train pulls out of the station.


  • Arthur Kennedy as Larry Nevins
  • Peggy Dow as Judy Greene
  • Julie Adams as Chris Patterson (as Julia Adams)
  • James Edwards as Joe Morgan
  • Will Geer as Mr. Lawrence Nevins
  • Nana Bryant as Mrs. Clarie Nevins
  • Jim Backus as Grayson
  • Minor Watson as Mr. Edward Paterson
  • Joan Banks as Janet Grayson
  • Richard Egan as Sgt. John Masterson
  • John Hudson as Cpl. John Flagg
  • Marjorie Crossland as Mrs. Paterson
  • Donald Miele as 'Moose' Garvey
  • Murray Hamilton as Pate Hamiton
  • Larry Keating as Jess Coe
  • Hugh Reilly as Capt. Phelan
  • Mary Cooper as Nurse Bailey
  • Rock Hudson as Dudek
  • Ken Harvey as Joe Scanlon
  • Russell Dennis as Pvt. Fred Tyler
  • Philip Faversham as Lt. Atkins (as Phil Faversham)
  • Robert F. Simon as Psychiatrist
  • Virginia Mullen as Mrs. Coe
  • Ruth Esherick as Nurse
  • Awards

    Bright Victory was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Arthur Kennedy) and Best Sound, Recording (Leslie I. Carey). The film was also entered into the 1951 Cannes Film Festival.

    Filming locations

    Part of the film was made at Valley Forge Army Hospital in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania - the town's name is mentioned in the film. There were also several scenes that were shot in downtown Phoenixville and Kimberton, PA.


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