Tuesday, December 29, 2020

TCM is Showing John Huston’s The Red Badge of Courage (1951) on Wednesday, December 30, at 3:30 p.m. ET, Starring Audie Murphy in His Best Performance

By David in TN
Monday, December 28, 2020 at 4:25:00 P.M. EST

TCM is showing John Huston’s The Red Badge of Courage (1951) on Wednesday, December 30, at 3:30 p.m. ET. This starred Audie Murphy in his best performance.

David in TN: In 1946-47, Audie Murphy studied at the Actor’s Studio. From the 2004 book, The Films of Audie Murphy, by Bob Larkins and Boyd Magers, Murphy said of his time there: “Even though the school was subsidized by the government—there were a lot of leftists and Commie lovers in it. Dore Schary called and invited me to his home to run for Congress. He said he would see to it I was elected. I looked around the room at the bunch there and said, ‘Hell, I can’t even make a living. Why would I want to run for Congress?’ When I said no—that ended the discussion—I didn’t stay more than five minutes.”

The Hollywood Left would have liked to recruit Audie Murphy, but failed. Murphy’s most recent biographer, Baylor University's David A. Smith, wrote: “Murphy was a man of neither the ideological left nor the right, but a patriot. In 1948, for example, he spoke against communist infiltration of veterans’ organizations. That year he also endorsed Douglas MacArthur for President. If he merited any political label, it was probably conservative Southern Democrat.”

Smith also wrote that, “Though he disapproved of the leftward turn of the Democratic Party, he supported its candidates through the 1968 presidential campaign, where he endorsed Hubert Humphrey over Richard Nixon.”

Smith doesn’t provide a source for the above, but it seems accurate.



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I had always thought Crane had actually been a soldier during the American Civil War. He was not but his fictional account by the experts is said to be quite accurate.