The Red Badge of Courage is a 1951 war film made by MGM. It was directed by John Huston and produced by Gottfried Reinhardt with Dore Schary as executive producer. The screenplay is by John Huston, adapted by Albert Band from the Stephen Crane novel of the same name. The cinematography is by Harold Rosson and the music score by Bronislau Kaper. The making of the film is the subject of Lillian Ross's 1952 book Picture.
The American Civil War film is a sparse but faithful retelling of the story, incorporating narration from the text to move the plot forward. Audie Murphy, a hero of World War II who later went into acting, played the lead role of Henry Fleming. Other actors include cartoonist Bill Mauldin, Andy Devine, Arthur Hunnicutt, and Royal Dano.
One scene shows a section of US infantry wading a creek, and a soldier armed with a Springfield (1903) bolt action rifle.
The film is available on DVD.