A fight to keep cavalry horses from being replaced by tanks culminates in a great race between machine and beast.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Armstrong
Capt. Dike Conger
Sgt. 'Three Star' Hennessy
Col. Armstrong
Leila Kennett
Capt. Joe Schuyler
Mrs.Gwen Bradley
Cantina Pete
Maj. Hal Kennett
Riki Thomas
Capt. Bob Marvin
Sgt. Harry Ross (as Guinn Williams)
Brig. Gen. Matthews
Allen Vincent ...
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Pepito Pérez ...
Pedro (as Pepito)


A fight to keep cavalry horses from being replaced by tanks culminates in a great race between machine and beast.

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11 August 1938 (USA)  »

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A Pequena do Exército  »

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In her interview by Leonard Maltin in the December 1972 issue of Film Fan Monthly, Madge Evans gave the following testimony about the filming of "Army Girl" : "[I appeared] In a film called 'ARMY GIRL' with Preston Foster and a very good director, a very nice man named George Nicholls. Mr. Yates, who was President of Republic, had at that time decided to go into more ambitious productions, and I think we must have been all of three weeks, instead of three days. We went on location and other elaborate things for Republic." See more »


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Interesting comedy/drama as tanks replace cavalry horses.
13 February 2001 | by (Putney, VT) – See all my reviews

This is an interesting little film. It's a romantic comedy for two thirds of its length, then suddenly turns into drama. Set against tests involving the newly developed Army tanks and their suitability for replacing cavalry horses, is a romance between the tank's creator (Foster) and the Colonel's daughter (Evans). When the Colonel is killed in a tank accident, a court marshall develops and the ending will surprise you. It's the kind of story that usually was clever enough to get an Oscar nom but it failed to pick one up in this category. The Academy did think highly of it, though, nominating it in three categories: Cinematography (undeserved), Sound (deserved) and Score (deserved). The sound recording is excellent and the delightful score is both comic and dramatic in turns. Leading lady Madge Evans resembles Paulette Goddard both facially and in terms of her acting style - one would think them sisters. This is a good little film from Republic and worth a look.

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