Here we see the young Brando before fame, fortune and Hollywood mayhem touched his life. Fresh from his Broadway success in "Streetcar" we are introduced to Marlon Brando as Ken, a wounded war veteran who has been paralyzed from the waist down by enemy gunfire. Teresa Wright plays Ellen, his fiancee and Everett Sloane, his VA Hospital physician, Dr. Brock. Jack Webb plays, Norm, an intelligent paralytic who is often cynical and Richard Erdmann who plays the witty, often comical, Leo...paralytic who sees the world through his own tinted lens. The rest of the men on the ward are played by actual U.S. Armed Forces war veterans who have been all been paralyzed in differing degrees. Ellen is trying to reach Ken...who she calls "Bud" but has not been able to see him since his return to the States. He is embittered by his experience as a man who will never walk again and who must now resign himself to life in a wheelchair. He doesn't want Ellen to have to play nurse to him and has called off their engagement. Ellen speaks with the very tough but sympathetic physician, Dr. Brock, who oversees the men on that ward...all paraplegics. With his help she finally manages to see and talk with Bud and explains her feelings for him and this new situation. Through talking with the good doctor and his cohorts on the ward, Bud finally consents to the marriage. He tries to ready himself for life outside of the hospital by exercising and doing all the proper things to strengthen his upper body as well as his alter his resentments and attitudes. They have a wonderful wedding, with Bud actually standing during the ceremony. They move into their new apartment immediately only to discover, in very short order, that neither is ready for that important step in their lives. She becomes frightened by his dependence on her and a horrible argument ensues with the result being that Bud moves back to the hospital. When his buddies at the hospital are not sympathetic, Bud has to learn to come to terms with himself and his life. The question is...can he? It doesn't get much better than a Stanley Kramer production with both the original story and screenplay written by Carl Foreman and the film directed by Fred Zinnemann!