Story of G.I. Joe (1945)
Director: William A. Wellman
Screenplay: Leopold Atlas & Guy Endore & Philip Stevenson
Stars: Burgess Meredith and Robert Mitchum,
The Pitch: “Hey, let’s turn Ernie Pyle’s reports from the front lines into a movie!”
Tagline: The mightiest action drama ever filmed!
The Overview: Beware of Spoilers…
Based on Ernie Pyle’s Pulitzer prize winning reports from the front lines, Story of GI Joe, made Robert Mitchum an international super star. Pyle’s reports focused on the foot soldiers, putting a human face on their day-to-day lives.
Pyle and his typewriter went where the action was most intense. Sadly Pyle was killed by enemy fire while covering the war in the Pacific.