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The Real Glory (1939)

Passed  -  History | War  -  29 September 1939 (USA)
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A small American contingent tries to train rural tribesmen to defend themselves against fanatical Muslim radicals in 1906 Philippines.

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Doctor Canavan
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Lieut. McCool
Andrea Leeds ...
Linda Hartley
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Capt. Hartley
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Lieut. Larson
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Mrs. Manning
Russell Hicks ...
Capt. Manning
Vladimir Sokoloff ...
The Datu
Benny Inocencio ...
Miguel
Charles Waldron ...
The Padre
Rudy Robles ...
Lieut. Yabo (as Ruby Robles)
Tetsu Komai ...
Alipang
Roy Gordon ...
Col. Hatch
Henry Kolker ...
The General
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In 1906 the American army pulls out of Mindanao leaving a handful of officers to try and get the Philippines Constabulary into shape to protect the native population from ruthless invaders. By reputation and by their exploits the fearless zealots initially strike terror into the local militia but the doctor on the post starts to finds ways to combat this. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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29 September 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Verdadeira Glória  »

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Padre Rafael: As soon as the American troops are gone, the Moros will come down from the hills. They will kill all the men and carry away all the women and children into slavery. For you it will be a report written in ink, but for my people, it will be a report written in blood.
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Offensive on so many levels!
14 July 2007 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

This film is typical of American films that present us as benevolent occupiers rather than the aggressive colonizers we were.

Contrary to the film's assertion, Filipinos were not simple people who were happy to have Americans occupying their country. The bloody Philippine-American War, during which Filipinos fought for their independence, lasted for four years. Some Americans, including William Jennings Bryan, Mark Twain, and Andrew Carnegie, strongly objected to the annexation of the Philippines. The U.S. declared victory in 1902, but in the south, Muslim Filipinos resisted until 1913, and the Americans never acquired complete control over the Muslim areas of Mindanao.

The word "moro" used in the film to refer to the Muslims is a pejorative term used by the non-Muslim (i.e., Christian) majority, and Muslims o that time would not call themselves "moro." While it is historically accurate that there were Muslims pirates that attacked coastal villages, this film represents most Muslims as "native devils" and the non-Muslim Filipinos s as frightened children who need brave Americans to teach them courage. The reality is that Muslim Filipinos refused to be subjugated by American rule and fought a drawn-ought guerrilla war, the first of its kind in modern history and the only kind possible when faced with the wealth and power of the U.S colonial machinery.

When you are fighting against troops that are illegally occupying your country, is that a rebellion or is it self-defense? The current situation in Iraq shows that not much has changed over 100 years later.


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