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They Gave Him a Gun (1937)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 7 May 1937 (USA)
Jimmy is drafted and ends up in Fred's troop on his way to Europe. Jimmy becomes vicious with his gun, wins a medal, and weds Fred's nurse girlfriend, Rose. Back home years later, Rose ... See full summary »

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(as W.S. Van Dyke II)

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(book) (as William Joyce Cowen), | 2 more credits »
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Rose Duffy
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Jimmy is drafted and ends up in Fred's troop on his way to Europe. Jimmy becomes vicious with his gun, wins a medal, and weds Fred's nurse girlfriend, Rose. Back home years later, Rose discovers Jimmy is a gangster, has him arrested, and finds a job in Fred's circus as Jimmy escapes, determined to kill Fred. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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7 May 1937 (USA)  »

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On lui donna un fusil  »

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The opening scenes showed a factory manufacturing rifles. They looked like 1903 Springfields'. See more »

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(at around 33 mins) As Saxe hands Rose a list of casualties with Fred on it, in the very next scene the list magically has disappeared from her hands. See more »

Quotes

Fred P. Willis: Jimmy, how did you ever get in this racket?
James 'Jimmy' Davis: [Cynical] What did you want me to be, a fifteen buck a week bookkeep?
Fred P. Willis: Well, this is sure a clean way of making a living.
James 'Jimmy' Davis: [laughs] You're forgetting they got medals for us in 1918.
Fred P. Willis: Yeah, and a kiss from a French general but this isn't the same.
James 'Jimmy' Davis: Yeah, that's a fact. Some of those German boys I wiped out were good guys. Around here, they're nothing but a bunch of hopped up monkeys.
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A Love Song of Long Ago
Music by Sigmund Romberg
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Sung softly as background music
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Flawed but Fascinating Look at Van Dyke's Style
18 January 2001 | by (Colorado) – See all my reviews

There's no doubt that W.S. Van Dyke was capable of great direction, and therefore it's frustrating that he made so few first rate movies. This one consistently has great scenes followed by duds. Gladys George is woefully miscast as a young nurse but gives a good performance; Franchot Tone, also miscast, makes a strong impression that works too hard against his weak character. Tracy is fine as always as the stiffly moral pal. Great photography, exciting war scenes, excellent montages by Slavko Vorkapich.


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