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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Complete credited cast:
Lieut. McCool
Andrea Leeds ...
Linda Hartley
Capt. Hartley
Lieut. Larson
Mrs. Manning
Russell Hicks ...
Capt. Manning
Vladimir Sokoloff ...
The Datu
Benny Inocencio ...
Charles Waldron ...
The Padre
Rudy Robles ...
Lieut. Yabo (as Ruby Robles)
Tetsu Komai ...
Roy Gordon ...
Col. Hatch
Henry Kolker ...
The General


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 <>

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Release Date:

29 September 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Yank in the Philippines  »

Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


(copyright length)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The New York Times reported that the dam destruction scene had to be re-shot, costing more than $10,000. See more »


Dr. Bill Canavan: [to Captain Hartley, who is going blind] Fact is you're afraid to live. That's much worse than being afraid to die!
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pure entertainment
15 October 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This movie is entertaining. It's not intellectually challenging, nor does it have a serious message.

Its moral tone is neutral. It is not didactic: it does not attempt to teach viewers anything (except perhaps how to survive in the Phillipine jungle).

The plot contains many suspenseful situations, and reminded me of the plots of the series of "cliffhanger" short movies I used to see at the cinema. Each item in the series ended in a crisis in which it appeared the hero would certainly perish. This benefited cinema owners by attracting patrons back to see the next item in the series. With this movie, I didn't have to wait a week to view the resolution.

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