Starring – Dana Andrews (Sgt. Bill Tyne), Richard Conte (Pvt. Rivera), George Tyne (Pvt. Jake Friedman), John Ireland (Pfc. Windy Craven), Lloyd Bridges (Sgt. Ward).
Released – December, 1945
Directed By – Lewis Milestone
Produced By – Lewis Milestone Productions, Superior Pictures
Distributed By – Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Description – During the Allied invasion of Italy, a 53 man platoon has landed on a beach near Salerno. During the landing, platoon commander Lieutenant Rand is seriously injured forcing Sgt. Pete Halverson to assume command.
Sgt. Halverson tells Sgt. Porter to lead the men to the beach while he try’s to find the Captain to confirm their orders. Facing heavy machine-gun fire the men hit the beach and dig in. With no immediate word from Sgt. Halverson, and the sun about to rise, the platoon Sergeants move the men into the cover of the woods to hide from enemy aircraft.
Word finally comes to Sgt. Bill Tyne, and it is not good. Both Lt. Rand and Sgt. Halverson are dead. Three other members of the platoon have been hit and remain behind as the rest of the men set out for their objective – a fortified farmhouse and bridge six miles away that they are assigned to blow up.
Their journey will prove to be as costly as it is dangerous as, along the way, the platoon encounters enemy infantry, tanks, and an armored car. Tensions mount and casualties rise as those still alive hope to be able to carry out what now appears to be an impossible mission in this exciting and unusually realistic picture of war.
Notable: A Walk in the Sun was named one of the year’s ten best films by the National Board of Review.
A Walk in the Sun provided the film debut’s of Robert Horton and John Ireland.