A Medal For Benny (1945)

“Maybe its good for the country that she must depend for life on all kinds of people and men like my son. ” – Charley Martin

Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Jun 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A small town looks at a family of immigrants very differently once their son is to receive a medal of honor for his service in World War II.

My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve been trying to track down for years because it was one of only two films which garnered a Best Supporting Actor nomination at the Oscars that I had yet to see.

The story is great and they allow the viewer to see how potential national recognition can change how people look at those who they believe are not as worthy as they are for respect due to their social status in the community.

The film got two Oscar nominations that year; one was for J. Carroll Naish’s performance as the father of the title character who does such a great job with this role and the other was a writing nomination for Original Screenplay by John Steinbeck and Jack Wagner.

It didn’t manage to win either, but Naish did win a Golden Globe for his work in the role.

He finds ways to help make the viewer really understand his view of the world where things are never just black and white.

Dorothy Lamour and Arturo de Córdova are great in the lead roles because of the ambiguity of how these character’s personalities are played out.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – “Lux Radio Theater” broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 15, 1945 with Dorothy Lamour reprising her film role. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)


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