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G.I. Joe is an American cartoon soldier. The character was created by David Breger when he was asked to create a comic strip for United States military magazines during World War II. Breger came up with the title "G.I. Joe" from the military reference "Government Issue". His strip debuted June 17, 1942 in the military's YANK magazine and Stars and Stripes newspaper. In 1945, United Artists released a movie titled The Story of G.I. Joe , directed by William Wellman and starring Burgess Meredith as acclaimed war correspondent Ernie Pyle.
In 1964, the character G.I. Joe became a series of military-themed action figures produced by the Hasbro toy company. The toyline began with the aptly named G.I. Joe. Two years later, Hasbro began featuring members from all branches of the armed forces. The name, G.I. Joe, no longer referred to one specific character but to a toyline brand.
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The Story of G.I. JoeThe Story of G.I. Joe is a war film released in 1945. It was directed by William Wellman and starred Burgess Meredith and Robert Mitchum. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Mitchum's only nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
The movie retells famed war correspondent Ernie Pyle's (played by Meredith) experiences as he follows the 18th Infantry Battalion, Company C as they fight up the length of Italy during World War II, especially when they are bogged down at the Battle of Monte Cassino. The title refers to the harsh conditions that infantrymen endure during the war.
The movie studio wanted to place a leading-man type for the main role, but Wellman wanted a physically smaller man to better portray middle-aged Pyle. As a compromise, Mitchum was chosen to play Lieutenant (later Captain) Walker. The film was one of the first starring roles for Mitchum.
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