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What Price Glory (1952)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | 16 March 1953 (Sweden)
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The wartime romantic misadventures of Captain Flagg, commander of a company of US Marines in 1918 France.

Director:

John Ford

Writers:

Phoebe Ephron (screenplay), Henry Ephron (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Cagney ... Capt. Flagg
Corinne Calvet ... Charmaine
Dan Dailey ... 1st Sgt. Quirt
William Demarest ... Cpl. Kiper
Craig Hill ... Lt. Aldrich
Robert Wagner ... Pvt. Lewisohn
Marisa Pavan ... Nicole Bouchard
Max Showalter ... Lt. Moore (as Casey Adams)
James Gleason ... Gen. Cokely
Wally Vernon ... Lipinsky
Henri Letondal Henri Letondal ... Cognac Pete
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Storyline

In 1918 France, Captain Flagg commands a disreputable company of Marines; his new top sergeant is his old friendly enemy, Quirt. The two men become rivals for the favors of fair innkeeper's daughter Charmaine, but the rivalry goes into reverse when Charmaine proves to be angling for a husband. When the company is ordered to the front, this comedy interlude gives way to the grim realities of war. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The New "What Price Glory" [as opposed to the classic 1926 silent version] See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

16 March 1953 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Deux durs à cuire See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Jack Pennick was an acknowledged military expert. Highly likely that he was a technical expert on this movie even though he never received credit for being so. While filming a movie at West Point, he pointed out that a display of crossed swords were hung upside down. They had been incorrectly displayed for many years. See more »

Goofs

Dan Dailey calls Jack Pennick by his real name. See more »

Quotes

Captain Flagg: Quirt loves the bottle, and when he's drunk he is the lousiest, filthiest tramp that ever wore a uniform. He's even worse than I am, and you know I don't allow anybody to get as bad as that.
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Featured in The Only Game in Town (1970) See more »

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Music by George M. Cohan
Played during the opening narration
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Excellent World War 1 drama of American dough boys in France.
3 August 2005 | by dturner03See all my reviews

Excellent performances by James Cagney and Dan Dailey with good support from William Demarest and a super young Robert Wagner. Interesting contrast of characters from the battle tested professionals like Cagney and Dailey to the fresh out of basic training and high school Wagner. Also brings out the issue of battle fatigue or "shell-shocked" and how it sometimes affects soldiers directly and indirectly by its effect on the morale of their buddies. The interaction with the townspeople is also well done. All in all I thoroughly enjoyed this movie every time I have seen it. It is like vintage wine and seems to get better with age. The first time I saw this movie was in l954 and I learned to sing the song "Its a long way to Tipperary" from watching it one time.


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