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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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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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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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During the movie, the rifle range scene was for real. The studio probably had help from the U.S. Government. 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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There Are Smiles
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Played when the carnival comes to town
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Borderline Boring with a Few Artistic Flourishes
26 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wow! It's Unimaginable that this Movie would have been Made in just Two Short Years. There were Many Anti-War Films about WWI Produced in the Thirties and this was Probably The Last. It's Anti-Gun-Anti-War Message would be Halted for Pro-War Propaganda Movies from Here on Out for Obvious Reasons.

But Here it is. A Mediocre Movie with some Visuals Flourishes (mostly at the beginning) that are Striking and Different. The Opening Montage is Highly Expressionistic and Impressive. But this is One of Those that gets Worse with Each Passing Scene. By the End it is so Formulaic and Uninteresting that the Thing just Falls Asleep.

The Acting is Nothing to Write Home About with Gladys George Looking Constipated Most of the Time, Spencer Tracy Reading His Lines with Little Conviction, and Francois Tone Mostly Whining (the first half) and Mugging (the second half).

It is Barely Recommended for those that Love Spencer Tracy or Find Some Articism in Director Van Dykes Sometimes Spiffy Style.


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