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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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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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On lui donna un fusil  »

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This film received its initial USA telecast in Phiadelphia Friday 23 November 1956 on WFIL (Channel 6), followed by New York City Friday 21 December 1956 on WCBS (Channel 2); its San Francisco television premiere took place 4 January 1958 on KGO (Channel 7); its earliest documented telecast in Los Angeles presently stands at 28 February 1961 on KTTV (Channel 11). 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 »

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Fred P. Willis: Don't you know us guys has gotta make the world safe for the Democrats? Now, personally, my only regret is that I got a life to lay down for my country. But will us dead have died in vain? Be yourself! Remember the Alamo! Remember the Maine! Fifty-four Forty or fight! Don't give up the ship until you see the whites of their eyes! Are we gonna stand for taxation without the pursuit of happiness? E pluribus unum! Hats off! Lafayette, we are here!
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I Don't Want to Get Well
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Sung by Franchot Tone to nurse Gladys George
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Not great but miscasting makes it worse
13 October 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Franchot Tone gets into trouble when "They Gave Him a Gun" in this 1937 film, also starring Spencer Tracy and Gladys George.

Fred and Jimmy (Tracy and Tone) meet during World War I when they are both in the service. When Jimmy is injured and hospitalized and Fred visits, they both fall for Jimmy's nurse Rose (George).

Fred is captured by the enemy and presumed dead. When he returns, he realizes that Rose and Jimmy are an item, so he bows out.

Some time later, Fred meets Jimmy in New York and realizes that he's part of organized crime, but Rose is unaware of it. Jimmy winds up in prison, and, realizing that Rose tipped off the cops, his guys come after her. Fred spirits her away to work with him in the circus.

Predictable film with good performances by Tracy and Tone. Gladys George is dreadfully miscast. She was a very good actress but this was the wrong role for her. The part should have gone to a pretty ingénue with sass. They got the sass right but not the rest of it. Maureen O'Sullivan, Diana Lewis, Jean Parker, for instance, was under contract and would have been fine. How could Gladys George not know her husband was a gangster?

W.S. Van Dyke aka "One Shot Willy" directed and does a few interesting things. For the most part, this is a typical '30s film that Warner Brothers would have made. Really doesn't look like an MGM movie at all.


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