This story of the greatest of America's WWII combat correspondents, Ernie Pyle, immortalizes the man who celebrated the common soldier in his dispatches and books (Brave Men
and Here Is Your War
). As the film begins, Pyle (Burgess Meredith) catches up with a tired platoon of infantrymen in
Italy, observing and comforting them as they fight through town after town, enduring death, misery, boredom, and fear. Leading the platoon is Lt. Walker (Robert Mitchum), a tough but likable officer who is respected and admired by his men. The film has no real story, only the consistent wearing
down of the men through combat and fatigue. Meredith is superb, conveyin...