Take the High Ground! (1953)

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In 1953, at Fort Bliss, Texas, two former Korean War combat veterans work as drill sergeants and fall in-love with the same woman.


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  • Karl Malden, Richard Widmark, Steve Forrest, and Russ Tamblyn in Take the High Ground! (1953)
  • Karl Malden, Richard Widmark, and Elaine Stewart in Take the High Ground! (1953)
  • Karl Malden, Richard Widmark, Steve Forrest, Robert Arthur, Carleton Carpenter, Elaine Stewart, and Russ Tamblyn in Take the High Ground! (1953)
  • Karl Malden, Richard Widmark, and Elaine Stewart in Take the High Ground! (1953)
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6 September 2004 | vmwrites
Most likely served as basis for The D.I. (1957)
The 1957 Jack Webb classic, "The D.I." bears a close relationship to "Take the High Ground," from its general theme to the presence of an inept recruit, to the main character's romance with a young woman who lives close to the base.

In the Jack Webb (Marine) version, Gunnery Sergeant Jim Moore (Webb) takes on a platoon with the usual selection of raw recruits, but one who is particularly troublesome. In the Richard Widmark (Army) version, the same thing happens, with a troublesome and troubled recruit. In both versions, the recruit makes an attempt to go over the wall, and in both versions, the tough but compassionate training sergeant stops the escape and molds the recruit into shape.

In both versions, the love interest is a woman who has been emotionally scarred by a former romance with a serviceman who had been killed in combat.

In both versions, there is a fellow training sergeant that frustrates and annoys the main character into a showdown fistfight.

At the end of both movies, the cast is reprised, with their names. The only difference is that in the MGM version (Take the High Ground), the entire platoon are actors. In the Mark VII version (The D.I.), the platoon was played by real Marines. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~' For those unfamiliar with military lingo, "boot camp" is generally used to refer to Navy recruit training (or Marine training), whereas the Army uses the term "Basic Training." In a similar vein, the Navy refers to combat simulation encampments as "maneuvers," whereas the Army uses the term "bivouac."

Both movies are excellent films.

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