Audie Murphy (1924 – 1971) was a fifth grade dropout from an extremely poor family who became the most decorated American soldier of World War II. After the war he became a celebrated movie star for over two decades, appearing in 44 films. He also found some success as a country music composer.
Murphy became the most decorated United States soldier of the war during twenty-seven months in action in the European Theatre. Audie Murphy was credited with destroying six tanks in addition to killing over 240 German soldiers and wounding and capturing many others. He received the Medal of Honor, the U.S. military's highest award for valor, along with 32 additional U.S. and foreign medals and citations, including five from France and one from Belgium. He died in a plane crash in 1971 and was interred, with full military honors, in Arlington National Cemetery.
In the 25 years he spent in Hollywood, Audie Murphy made 44 feature films, 33 of them Westerns. His highest grossing film was the autobiographical To Hell and Back (See Movie Below), which was the highest grossing film for Universal Pictures, until Jaws in 1975. His films earned him close to $3 million in his 23 years as an actor. He also appeared in several television shows, including the lead in the short-lived 1961 NBC western detective series Whispering Smith (See TV programs below), set in Denver, Colorado. For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Audie Murphy has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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==========Audie Murphy's Non-Western Movies===============
1. To Hell and Back (1955) - Audie Murphy - [see links below]
Movie is a CinemaScope World War II film. It was directed by Jesse Hibbs and starred Audie Murphy as himself. It is based on Audie Murphy’s 1949 autobiography of the same name and is an account of Murphy's World War II experiences as a soldier in the U.S. Army. The action for which Murphy was awarded the Medal of Honor is depicted near the end of the film. In January 1945, near Holtzwihr, France, Murphy's company is forced to retreat in the face of a fierce German attack. However, Murphy remains behind at the edge of a forest to direct artillery fire on the advancing enemy infantry and armor. As the Germans close on his position, Murphy jumps onto an abandoned M4 Sherman tank (he actually performed this action atop an M10 tank destroyer) and uses its .50-caliber machine gun to hold the enemy at bay, even though the vehicle is on fire and may explode at any moment. Although wounded and dangerously exposed to enemy fire, Murphy single-handedly turns back the German attack, thereby saving his company. While the film depicted this action taking place in balmy weather and good visibility in terrain of rolling hills, it actually took place in the bitter winter of 1945 at the edge of a forest on the flat Alsatian Plain in conditions of poor visibility. After a period of hospitalization, he is returned to duty. The film concludes with Murphy's Medal of Honor ceremony shortly after the war ends.
NOTE: The movie is divided into 6 parts. Click on each part (below) to access movie:
2. Bad Boy (1949) - Audie Murphy Lloyd Nolan - Audie Murphy's third movie and first starring role. He plays an angry, juvenile delinquent, who is sent to a, farm thing, in lieu of jail. Lloyd Nolan, who runs the place with his wife (Jane Wyatt), works to find out the source of Murphy's anger, so they can help him, which, since it is Lloyd Nolan and Jane Wyatt, of course, in the end, they are able to do so, saving him from a life of crime and misery.
3. Joe Butterfly (1957) [Color] - Audie Murphy part 1 thru 6 [a comedy film]
The staff of "Yank" magazine are among the first American troops into Tokyo after the Japanese surrender. Their mission: produce an issue of the magazine...in three days. To accomplish the seeming impossible, they reluctantly enlist the aid of black marketer and arch-conniver Joe Butterfly (Audie Murphy) , who sets them up in a palatial private mansion, complete with lovely daughter -- strictly against regulations. How much trouble can our heroes talk their way out of?
4. The Quiet American (1958) - Audie Murphy - In this adaptation of Graham Greene's prophetic novel about U.S. foreign policy failure in pre-war Indochina, Audie Murphy plays an innocent Young American opposite the older, cynical Brit Michael Redgrave. They play out their widely different views on the prospects stuggle for the hearts and minds of the Vietnamese people in their competition over a young woman. Murphy wants to reform her and make her a typical middle class American housewife; Redgrave accepts her inability to formulate or retain a political ideal and while promising her no real future, he objects to Murphy's attempts to change her.
=============Audie Murphy's Western Movies================
1. The Kid from Texas (1950) - Audie Murphy - Billy the Kid (Audie Murphy) becomes embroiled in Lincoln County, NM, land wars. When the rancher who gave him a break is killed by rival henchman, Billy vows revenge. New employer takes advantage of his naivety to kill rivals, lets the Kid take rap. Kid takes to the hills with friends until caught. Escapes hanging but remains in area to be near employer's young wife with whom he's infatuated.
2a. Kansas Raiders (1950) Audie Murphy - Outraged by Redleg atrocities, the James and Younger Brothers along with Kit Dalton join Quantrill's Raiders and find themselves participating in even worse war crimes
2b. Destry (1950) -Audie Murphy [Color] - In the old West, a small frontier town is being controlled by ruthless mob boss Decker (Lyle Bettger) and his cronies. After the local sheriff dies under mysterious circumstances, Decker arranges to have the town drunk appointed sheriff, thinking he will be ineffectual. But the new sheriff sends for Tom Destry (Audie Murphy), son of a famous two-fisted lawman, to be his deputy. When Tom arrives, he isn't exactly the swaggering he-man the sheriff had in mind. In fact, Destry doesn't even carry a gun. But the new deputy's mild exterior masks a fierce determination to see justice done, as Decker and the other locals soon discover.
3. Tumbleweed (1953) - Audie Murphy - Jim Harvey is hired to guard a small wagon train as it makes its way west. The train is attacked by Indians and Harvey, leaves the train to negotiate. He is captured and the rest of the train is wiped out except for two sisters. Escaping and showing up in town later, Harvey is nearly hanged as a deserter, he sets out to find who engineered the initial attack on the wagon train..
4. Gunsmoke - Audie Murphy (1953) [Color] Part 1 thru 8 No relation to the TV Series.
After winning a ranch in a poker game, Reb Kittridge (Audie) finds out that there is no money to pay the hands. Cattle must be taken to market but at every turn, Telford, who wants the land, tries to thwart Reb's every way to keep him from getting the cattle to town. Even after they stampede the cattle, Reb still manages to maintain the drive and keep the ranch.
5. Ride Clear of Diablo (1954) Audie Murphy and Dan Duryea - Clay O'Mara (Audie Murphy) sets out to find the cattle rustlers who murdered his father and brother. Along the way he has help from a notorious gunslinger, Whitey Kinkade (Dan Duryea).
6. The Guns of Fort Petticoat (1957) - Audie Murphy - Audie Murphy deserts the Union Army to warn former Texas neighbors of impending Indian attacks triggered by Army massacre. He overcomes initial distrust and convinces the homesteaders (all women whose men are away fighting in the Confederate Army) to take refuge in an abandoned mission. He trains them to fight and shoot in anticipation of the attack. The only other man at the mission runs away o save his scalp and ends up leading the Indians back to the mission. Surrounded and outnumbered, the defenders prepare for the final assault.
7. Night Passage (1957) James Stewart and Audie Murphy - The workers on the railroad haven't been paid in months --- that's because Whitey (Dan Duryea) and his gang, including fast-shooting, dangerous, but likeable Utica Kid (Audie Murphy), keep holding up the train for its payroll. Grant McLaine (Jimmy Stewart), a former railroad employee who was fired in disgrace, is recruited to take the payroll through under cover. A young boy and a shoebox figure into the plot when Whitey's gang tries to hold up the train and Grant and the Kid meet again to settle an old score.
8. Ride a Crooked Trail (1958) - Audie Murphy - After robbing a bank Murphy assumes the identity of his pursuer, a famous US Marshal [who falls off a cliff and dies during the pursuit], when he stumbles into a town and is confronted by the local judge, Matthau. Murphy is [taken for and] forced to remain as the new Marshal; an old flame, Scala, nearly unmasks him by accident, only to be forced to assume the ruse of being Murphy's wife.
9. No Name on the Bullet (1959) - Audie Murphy - Audie Murphy in one of his best screen appearances portraying a gunslinger assassin who comes to town to kill someone. the problem is....no one knows who.
10. Posse From Hell (1961) - Audie Murphy rides into town to visit his policeman friend who’s been shot and is dying. The bank was robbed the lawman shot and a woman kidnapped, now Murphy must ride to avenge his pal, save the girl, and recover the money! also stars John Saxon.
11. Showdown (1963) Audie Murphy - based on a book by Max Brand - A cowboy has to get 12,000 dollars in stolen bonds from the ex-girlfriend of his partner, or the gang holding him hostage will kill him.
12a. Quick Gun (1964) - Audie Murphy - Returning home after a two year absence Clint Cooper (Audie Murphy), known for his fast gun, is caught by Spangler's gang where he learns they are heading for the same town where they plan to rob the bank. He escapes and although he is not welcome, he warns the few townsmen not away on cattle drives. Two years ago he had to kill two of the Morrisons. When the remaining two Morrisons come after him he kills them and just before the Spangler gang attacks and his gun will be needed, he is jailed.
12b. Apache Rifles (1964) - Audie Murphy [Color] - A young cavalry officer (Audie Murphy) has been assigned the job of bringing in a band of Apaches who have been terrorizing the countryside.
13. Gunpoint (1966) - Audie Murphy - A young, determined sheriff and his posse chase a gang of murderous train robbers, and a kidnapped woman into New Mexico.
14. 40 Guns To Apache Pass (1967) - Audie Murphy [Color]
Audie is a Calvary officer. Bands of hostile Apaches are terrorizing settlers under Cochise's orders. While waiting for the rifles to reinforce the troops, one trooper is in favor of handing over the guns to the Indians for gold. A fight ends with the guns being recaptured and a reuniting with the men of the outpost.
15. A Time For Dying (1969) - Audie Murphy - This was Audie's last movie. Unfortunately, Audie Murphy was killed before the film was finished. Consequently, 20 minutes of film featuring Audie was never shot. As a result, Audie appears in only one scene. It is the story of a young gunman of the old West (played by Richard Lapp). However, he was to live and perish without renown.
===================Whispering Smith TV Series======================
2. Whispering Smith - Death at Even Money - Gambler Frankie Wisdom bets Markson that Markson can't prevent him from causing the death of Smith (Audie Murphy).