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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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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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Storyline

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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A Man... A Girl... and a thousand bolo knives See more »

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History | War

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29 September 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Verdadeira Glória  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Hollywood Reporter production charts included Maurice Moscovitch, Thurston Hall and William Stack in the cast, but they did not appear in the film. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Bill Canavan: [Referring to the many soldiers in sick bay] The Moro that struck Captain Manning down struck them down too, but not with a bolo. They're down with a disease medicine can't cure.
Capt. Steve Hartley: They'll be all right when they learn how to use a gun, when they're properly drilled!
Dr. Bill Canavan: The trouble is that you're trying to drill things into them when you should be drilling things out of them. What good's a gun when your finger's so paralyzed with fright that you can't pull a trigger?
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It's like LIVES OF A BENGAL LANCER, Part II
31 December 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

A few years earlier, Gary Cooper starred in the very entertaining LIVES OF A BENGAL LANCER--an adventure film about an uprising in Afghanistan and the actions of the British army to crush this rebellion. In this case, the film cast made some sense, as Gary Cooper's accent could be explained away by his being a Canadian. But here, we once again have him playing a very similar role as a soldier in the American army but he is surrounded by British actors. They never really explained how the very-British Reginald Owen and David Niven were American soldiers! But, despite this silly casting, the film is highly entertaining and worth seeing--provided you ignore the strange accents. In addition, like LIVES OF A BENGAL LANCER, there was a local tribal insurrection that must be eliminated by training loyal locals to fight to ensure the peace. In the case of this film, it is set in the Philippines and based on the very brief Moro uprising towards the beginning of the 20th century. It's the sort of adventure film you can enjoy provided you have only modest expectations--in other words, this isn't deep or philosophical, but more like a traditional Cowboy and Indian movie set in a tropical setting.


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