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In this romantic drama, beautiful Red Cross volunteer Lee Ashley (Deborah Kerr) arrives on the South Pacific island of New Caledonia to learn more about the circumstances surrounding the death of her husband, Howard, in the Battle of Guadalcanal. There, Ashley falls for the gruff, seductive Marine Lt. Col. Colin Buck (William Holden), but struggle and tragedy follow when the widow learns about the reality of Buck's life back home.

  1. George Seaton

    Director, Screenplay, Story

  2. Lucy Herndon Crockett


Top Billed Cast

  1. William Holden

    William Holden

    Lt. Col. Colin Black

  2. Deborah Kerr

    Deborah Kerr

    Lee Ashley

  3. Thelma Ritter

    Thelma Ritter

    Kate Connors

  4. Dewey Martin

    Dewey Martin

    Eddie Wodcik

  5. William Redfield

    William Redfield

    Chaplain Lt. (jg) Holmes

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The Proud and Profane


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Status Released

Release Information

  • June 13, 1956


Original Language English

Runtime 1h 51m

Budget -

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