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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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This film received its initial USA telecast in Seattle Friday 16 November 1956 on KING (Channel 5), followed by Phiadelphia Friday 23 November 1956 on WFIL (Channel 6), and by New York City Friday 21 December 1956 on WCBS (Channel 2); in Chicago it first aired 8 May 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2) and in Minneapolis 23 May 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9); its San Francisco television premiere took place 4 January 1958 on KGO (Channel 7) and in Altoona PA 26 March 1958 on WFBG (Channel 10); 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: 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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"First they learn us how to handle a gun, then they squawk 'Holy Moses' when we do."
31 July 2014 | by See all my reviews

Fred (Spencer Tracy) and Jimmy (Franchot Tone) are a couple of guys who serve together in World War I and become friends. After the war, Jimmy marries Rose (Gladys George), a nurse Fred was in love with. Years later Fred runs a circus and Jimmy is a gangster. When Rose finds out about her husband's criminal life, she does something that puts her life and Fred's in danger.

Enjoyable gangster picture from MGM. It drags some in the middle but the beginning and end are good. One of Franchot Tone's better roles. Tracy and George are very good, as you might expect from them. WB had the market cornered on gangster movies in the '30s. This is one of the better ones they didn't produce.


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