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Johnny Got His Gun

Johnny Got His Gun

Broadcast: 9th March 1940
Starring: James Cagney
Added: Dec 25 2008
Arch Obolor's dramatization of Johnny Got His Gun written by Dalton Trumbo is deeply moving and excellently acted by James Cagney. It tells the story of Joe Bonham who 22 years ago had been enlisted in the Great War and who returned “a block of flesh” with no arms and no legs and no eyes with which to see and no mouth with which to speak. He lies alone in a room in a hospital. The whole world is shut off to Joe Bonham and he has only the world within his own mind. This story is of the thoughts of a boy who twenty-two years ago went to war…