The Bold and the Brave

The Bold and the Brave is a 1956 American World War II film written by Robert Lewin in his first screenplay based on some of his Italian Campaign experiences. It was directed by Lewis R. Foster, starring Wendell Corey, Mickey Rooney, and Don Taylor. The movie was produced by Filmmakers Production Organization and released by RKO. The title song for was cowritten by Mickey Rooney and Ross Bagdasarian, the creator of Alvin and the Chipmunks.

The Bold and the Brave
Directed byLewis R. Foster
Produced byHal E. Chester
Written byRobert Lewin
StarringWendell Corey
Mickey Rooney
Don Taylor
Nicole Maurey
John Smith
Race Gentry
Music byHerschel Burke Gilbert (score)
Mickey Rooney and Ross Bagdasarian (title song)
CinematographySam Leavitt
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • April 18, 1956 (1956-04-18) (US)[1]
Running time
87 min.
CountryUnited States
Box office$1.4 million (US)[2]


The film traces the destinies of three American soldiers stationed in Italy during World War II. Fairchild (Corey) is an idealist who doesn't believe in killing. Preacher is a religious zealot, who can't see anything in terms other than Good and Evil. The most intriguing (and entertaining) member of the trio is Dooley (Rooney), an inveterate gambler who runs a floating crap game up and down the Italian front. A gambler and a World War II veteran himself, Rooney claimed to have adlibbed and directed his crap game sequence.[3]

Award nominations

The film received the following Academy Awards nominations:


See also


  1. "The Bold and the Brave: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved June 2, 2014.
  2. 'The Top Box-Office Hits of 1956', Variety Weekly, January 2, 1957
  3. p. 216 Neibaur, James L. The Essential Mickey Rooney Rowman & Littlefield, 3 Mar 2016

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