Kennedy is absolutely riveting in one of the most brilliant performances of his distinguished career. He plays Larry Nevins, a blinded WWII veteran who returns home and begins the arduous process of adapting both to civilian life and his new affliction. At first reluctant to leave the
military hospital where he is recuperating, and later resisting the involved and tedious training necessary to equip himself for normal civilian life, the bitter veteran meets a patient nurse (the radiant Dow) who helps him overcome his fear of returning home. Once there, however, his next-door
girlfriend (Adams) is embarrassed by his disability, and his parents (Geer and Bryant) feel helpless and inadequate around their son. In one devastating scene, a welcome-home party goes bust when Larry puts out a cigarette in a dish of food. After undergoing a great deal of agony and
self-examination, Kennedy winds up with Dow, facing the future with no illusions. It's a bravura performance by Kennedy, one that justly garnered him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor (an Oscar that went to Humphrey Bogart for THE AFRICAN QUEEN), and it should not be missed. Look for Rock Hudson
in a small role as an enlisted man. The picture was also nominated for Best Sound.
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