Movie Review

Battle Cry

The scorchingly personal story of loves and longings when the battle is far away...
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US Release Date: 02-02-1955

Directed by: Raoul Walsh


  • Van Heflin
  • Major Sam Huxley
  • Aldo Ray
  • Pvt./Pfc Andy Hookens
  • Nancy Olson
  • Mrs. Pat Rogers
  • James Whitmore
  • MSgt. Mac/Narrator
  • Raymond Massey
  • Maj. Gen. Snipes
  • Tab Hunter
  • Pvt./Cpl. Dan 'Danny' Forrester
  • Dorothy Malone
  • Mrs. Elaine Yarborough
  • Anne Francis
  • Rae
  • Fess Parker
  • Pvt. Speedy
  • L.Q. Jones
  • Pvt. L.Q. Jones
Reviewed on: April 1st, 2006
Tab Hunter and Dorothy Malone Battle Cry.

Tab Hunter and Dorothy Malone Battle Cry.

Battle Cry is virtually packed with B-actors from the 1950's. The most recognizable face is that of baby faced Tab Hunter, Damn Yankees. Also in the cast is Nancy Olson who played Norma Desmond's rival for Joe Gillis's affection in Sunset Blvd, Raymond Massey who played James Dean's father in East of Eden, Fess Parker who played televisions Davy Crockett, James Whitmore from Oklahoma and Dorothy Malone who 40 years later would play Sharon Stone's murderess friend, Hazel Dobkins, in Basic Instict.

Battle Cry is pretty much a soap opera set around men in uniform. Other than the very end of the movie, there is no action to be seen. These men don't need to fight in a war, they have enough problems with their love lives. Hunter plays the all American boy who has a fiancé back home but meets a married woman who makes a man out of him. Another guy is devastated when he gets a "Dear John" letter. A shy one finally falls in love with a girl who turns out to be already dating a fellow service man. Another soldier, who brags of being a Lothario, finally falls in love.

Not a cliche or stereotype gets missed here. The men go about drinking and looking for women. There is the younger man older woman romance. There is the soldier who wants to be a writer. There is the love triangle. There is the tough as nails company commander. There is the wounded soldier who needs to find a reason to go on.

At a 149 minutes, Battle Cry is almost unwatchable. So many scenes could have and should have been cut. For the most part, it centers on two love stories who each should have had their own movie. Too often the film abandons one character for an extended period of time to deal with another plot. Any movie this long has got to stay better focused.

In short, Battle Cry is a relic from the 1950's that is for Tab Hunter fans only.