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Identity Unknown (April 2, 1945)

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Identity Unknown
 

Released on April 2, 1945: Four soldiers are bombed in France and only one survives, but he has lost his memory and doesn't know which of the four he is, so he visits all four men's families to discover his identity.

Directed by Walter Colmes

The Actors: Richard Arlen (Johnny March), Cheryl Walker (Sally MacGregor), Roger Pryor (Rocks Donnelly), Bobby Driscoll (Toddy Loring), Lola Lane (Wanda), Ian Keith (Major Williams), John Forrest (Joe Granowski), Sarah Padden (Mrs. Anderson), Forrest Taylor (Mr. Anderson), Frank Marlowe (Frankie), Harry Tyler (Harry Parker), Nelson Leigh (Colonel F.A. Marlin), Charles Williams (auctioneer), Charles Jordan (Needles, Rock's henchman), Dick Scott (Spike, Rock's henchman), Marjorie Manners (nurse), Eddie Baker (motorcycle cop), Sam Ash (waiter), Frank McClure (officer), Cyril Ring (Mr. Bartlett).

 
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On April 2, 1945 when this movie hit American theaters, American boys had been fighting and dying in World War II for several years. By the end of April that year Adolf Hitler would commit suicide, and in August we would drop two atomic bombs on Japanese cities, and by September the war would officially be finished. But in early April no one could see that far ahead, and there were many mothers and fathers, sisters and wives in America that were grieving for their boys that were far away from home. In this adventure we meet a soldier that was discovered alive in a small farm house in France. Four American soldiers were seeking shelter in the house when it was bombed by an enemy plane. Only one soldier was found alive, and he had total amnesia. Without the dog tag around his neck, he could not be identified by the Army, but they knew the names and addresses of the four boys that were in that farm house. Our soldier without a name or memory decided to call himself Johnny March, and he went on a search for his identity. There were four boys in that farmhouse in France, and he went to their homes one by one, encountering wives, children and mothers and fathers. After visiting three of the families and discovering that he was not known to any of them, he happily heads to the fourth home, a farm in Iowa, where his family must be, hoping that they will know him and help him to restore his memory. But what are the chances . . . he is not the son of the Iowa farmer and his wife either . . . he seems to be 'no one.' Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn and drizzle plenty of warm melted butter on it and enjoy a slice of America at war and experience not the battles of the warriors but rather the lives, feelings and emotions of the families at home as they waited for their boys at war.

Cheryl Walker as Sally MacGregor
Cheryl Walker as Sally MacGregor in Identity Unknown
Forrest Taylor
Forrest Taylor
Frank Marlowe and John Forrest
Frank Marlowe and John Forrest
Frank Marlowe
Frank Marlowe
Harry Tyler
Harry Tyler in Identity Unknown
Ian Keith
Ian Keith as Major Williams
Lola Lane in Identity Unknown
Lola Lane in Identity Unknown
Nelson Leigh
Nelson Leigh
Richard Arlen and Charles Williams
Richard Arlen and Charles Williams
Richard Arlen and Cheryl Walker
Richard Arlen meets Cheryl Walker
Richard Arlen and Lola Lane
Lola Lane lights a cigarette for Richard Arlen
Richard Arlen
Richard Arlen in Identity Unknown
Richard Arlen
Richard Arlen struggles to discover his identity
Roger Pryor, Charles Jordan and Dick Scott
Richard Pryor, Charles Jordan and Dick Scott
Roger Pryor and Frank Marlowe
Roger Pryor and Frank Marlowe
Roger Pryor
Roger Pryor in Identity Unknown
Sarah Padden in Identity Unknown
Sarah Padden in Identity Unknown