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Director:
Writers:
Abem Finkel (original screen play) and
Harry Chandlee (original screen play) ...
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Release Date:
27 September 1941 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
America's Greatest Modern Hero! Timelier today than ever . . thrilling and inspiring story of the kind of men that America is made of! See more »
Plot:
A hillbilly sharpshooter drafted in WW1 despite his claim to be a pacifist, who ends up becoming a war hero. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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"Alvin, you've got the using kind of religion." See more (94 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gary Cooper ... Alvin C. York

Walter Brennan ... Pastor Rosier Pile

Joan Leslie ... Gracie Williams

George Tobias ... 'Pusher' Ross

Stanley Ridges ... Major Buxton

Margaret Wycherly ... Mother York

Ward Bond ... Ike Botkin

Noah Beery Jr. ... Buck Lipscomb

June Lockhart ... Rosie York

Dickie Moore ... George York

Clem Bevans ... Zeke

Howard Da Silva ... Lem (as Howard da Silva)

Charles Trowbridge ... Cordell Hull
Harvey Stephens ... Captain Danforth

David Bruce ... Bert Thomas

Carl Esmond ... German Major (as Charles Esmond)

Joe Sawyer ... Sergeant Early (as Joseph Sawyer)

Pat Flaherty ... Sergeant Harry Parsons
Robert Porterfield ... Zeb Andrews

Erville Alderson ... Nate Tomkins
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Murray Alper ... But! Boy (uncredited)

James Anderson ... Eb (uncredited)

Arthur Aylesworth ... Marten - Bartender (uncredited)
Eugene Beday ... Private (uncredited)

Sonny Bupp ... Boy in Sunday School (uncredited)
James Bush ... Private (uncredited)
Nat Carr ... Reporter (uncredited)
Lucia Carroll ... Saloon Girl (uncredited)

Lane Chandler ... Corporal Savage (uncredited)

Elisha Cook Jr. ... Piano Player (uncredited)

Clyde Cook ... Cockney Soldier (uncredited)
Ray Cooke ... Orderly (uncredited)
Roger Creed ... Motorcycle Soldier (uncredited)

Jean Del Val ... Marshal Foch (uncredited)

John Dilson ... Reporter (uncredited)

Donald Douglas ... Captain Tillman (uncredited)

Charles Drake ... Scorer (uncredited)

Roland Drew ... Officer (uncredited)

Frank Faylen ... But! Boy (uncredited)
William Forrest ... Officer (uncredited)
Arno Frey ... German Soldier (uncredited)
Frederick Giermann ... German Lieutenant (uncredited)
Jody Gilbert ... Fat Woman (uncredited)

Joseph W. Girard ... General John J. Pershing (uncredited)
Eddie Graham ... Reporter (uncredited)

Kit Guard ... Soldier on Rifle Range (uncredited)

William Haade ... Card Player (uncredited)

Creighton Hale ... Associated Press Man (uncredited)

Henry Hall ... Mountaineer (uncredited)
Herbert Heywood ... Man at Church (uncredited)

Russell Hicks ... General (uncredited)

George Irving ... Harrison (uncredited)
Jane Isbell ... Gracie's Sister (uncredited)

Selmer Jackson ... General Duncan (uncredited)

Si Jenks ... Man at Church (uncredited)
Edward Keane ... Oscar of the Waldorf (uncredited)
Victor Kilian ... Andrews (uncredited)
Joe King ... Draft Board Chairman (uncredited)

Rita La Roy ... Saloon Girl (uncredited)
Rolf Lindau ... German Soldier (uncredited)
Al Lloyd ... Reporter (uncredited)

Ted Mapes ... Soldier in Trench (uncredited)

Frank Marlowe ... Beardsley (uncredited)

Tully Marshall ... Uncle Lige (uncredited)

Frank Mayo ... Reporter (uncredited)

Frank McGlynn Sr. ... Mountaineer (uncredited)

Sammy McKim ... Boy (uncredited)
Patrick McVey ... Soldier (uncredited)

Charles Middleton ... Mountaineer (uncredited)

Robert Milasch ... Man in Church (uncredited)

Jack Mower ... Reporter (uncredited)

Frank Orth ... Drummer (uncredited)

Steve Pendleton ... Scorer (uncredited)
Jack Pennick ... Corporal Cutting (uncredited)
Paul Phillips ... Orderly (uncredited)
William 'Bill' Phillips ... Sergeant (uncredited)

Mickey Rentschler ... Zeb's Brother (uncredited)

Walter Sande ... Sergeant on March (uncredited)
Wallace Scott ... Soldier (uncredited)

Dick Simmons ... Marching Soldier (uncredited)
Edwin Stanley ... Editor (uncredited)
Will Stanton ... Cockney Soldier (uncredited)

Harry Strang ... Sergeant (uncredited)
William Sundholm ... Man in Church (uncredited)

Kay Sutton ... Saloon Girl (uncredited)

Ray Teal ... Marching Soldier (uncredited)
Sigfrid Tor ... German Soldier (uncredited)
Ralph Urmy ... Soldier (uncredited)

Theodore von Eltz ... Prison Camp Commander (uncredited)

Eddy Waller ... Man at Church (uncredited)
Pat West ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Lee 'Lasses' White ... Luke - Target Keeper (uncredited)

Frank Wilcox ... Sergeant (uncredited)

Guy Wilkerson ... Tom (uncredited)
Tom Wilson ... Turkey Shoot Participant (uncredited)
Douglas Wood ... Major Hylan (uncredited)
William Yetter Sr. ... German Soldier (uncredited)

Gig Young ... Marching Soldier (uncredited)
Victor Zimmerman ... Private (uncredited)

Directed by
Howard Hawks 
 
Writing credits
Abem Finkel (original screen play) and
Harry Chandlee (original screen play) &
Howard Koch (original screen play) and
John Huston (original screen play)

Alvin C. York (based upon: the diary of) (as Sergeant York)

Tom Skeyhill (diary editor)

Sam Cowan  uncredited

Produced by
Jesse L. Lasky .... producer
Hal B. Wallis .... producer
Howard Hawks .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
 
Cinematography by
Sol Polito (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
William Holmes (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
John Hughes 
 
Set Decoration by
Fred M. MacLean (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
Al Greenway .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Ethel Griswald .... second hair stylist (uncredited)
Paul Malcolm .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Edith Westmore .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Ern Westmore .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Eric Stacey .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William R. Lasky .... third assistant director (uncredited)
John Prettyman .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Vincent Sherman .... additional director (uncredited)
Don Siegel .... second unit director (uncredited)
Jack Sullivan .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Lou Dolgin .... assistant props (uncredited)
Harper Goff .... set designer (uncredited)
Lucien Hafley .... props (uncredited)
Fred M. MacLean .... set dresser (uncredited)
Jack McConaghy .... assistant props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Oliver S. Garretson .... sound
 
Stunts
Roger Creed .... stunts (uncredited)
Ted Mapes .... stunt double: Gary Cooper (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Arthur Edeson .... photographer: battle sequences
Joe Cramer .... best boy (uncredited)
Frank Evans .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Albert Greene .... second camera (uncredited)
Mac Julian .... still photographer (uncredited)
Harold Noyes .... grip (uncredited)
Charles O'Bannon .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
S. Kring .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Ted Schultz .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Jeanette Storck .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Thomas Reilly .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Location Management
William Guthrie .... location manager (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Hugo Friedhofer .... orchestral arrangements
Max Steiner .... conductor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Donoho Hall .... technical advisor
Paul Walters .... technical advisor (as Paul Walters Capt. F.A.R.)
William Yetter Sr. .... technical advisor (as William Yetter)
Lucille Anderson .... stand-in (uncredited)
Teddy Blue .... stand-in (uncredited)
George Bookasta .... stand-in (uncredited)
Eugene Busch .... script clerk (uncredited)
Captain Chester Carlisle .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Ray Meeker .... stand-in (uncredited)
Rita Ross .... stand-in (uncredited)
Everett Sullivan .... stand-in (uncredited)
Slim Talbot .... stand-in (uncredited)
Carl Voss .... trainer of battle troops (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents: A Howard Hawks Production) (as Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.) (A Warner Bros.-First National Picture)
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Runtime:
134 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (video) | USA:Approved (PCA #7090)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
According to the star himself, this was the first movie Clint Eastwood saw.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When York confronts Mr. Tompkins after the lightning episode, Tompkins, thinking York will be physical with him picks up a large wrench with his right hand and raises it to his right shoulder (perpendicular to the ground) . In the next camera angle showing both York & Tompkins, the wrench is now lowered, parallel to the ground and again raises it to his right shoulder/perpendicular to the ground.See more »
Quotes:
Drummer:[remarking on the area's isolation] What I'd like to know is, how do you fellows get into this valley?
Zeke:We was born here!
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Soundtrack:
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52 out of 60 people found the following review useful.
"Alvin, you've got the using kind of religion.", 20 February 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Alvin Cullom York (1887-1964), a modest American and Christian hero of World War I, is the subject of this biographical picture which goes beyond the mere telling of the tale how he won all the medals he did for bravery during the Meuse Argonne Offensive. It's the inner struggle of a man whose pacifist Christian beliefs came into conflict with his patriotism. It's the heart and soul of this film, beautifully crafted by director Howard Hawks.

The real Sergeant York eschewed all money making ventures that would have capitalized on his heroics in World War I and had resisted giving the rights to his story to Hollywood. He relented because in 1941 he became concerned with the danger fascism posed for the world and advocated preparedness. Part of what brought him out was the speechmaking of that other American hero Charles A. Lindbergh who was an appeasement advocate.

York even called the shots on who was to play him. So Jack Warner made a call to Adolph Zukor over at Paramount and probably paid one hefty sum for Gary Cooper's services. It was worth every penny of it as Cooper got his first Oscar for Best Actor.

Alvin York is a poor farmer supporting a widowed mother and a brother and sister. And he likes to cut loose every so often with a jug and a rifle. But he gets converted and gets involved in Walter Brennan's church which is a strict fundamentalist sort with pacifist tenets. When America gets into World War I, his very soul is tormented by the tenets of his church and the volunteer tradition of his state. Tennessee is known as the Volunteer State and that nickname is no lie. It bothers him more than other men because as Pastor Walter Brennan tells him he's "got the using kind of religion."

These people may be fundamentalists and somewhat backward, but they're not phonies. No high hog living preachers here, just simple people trying to get through life the best they can. Howard Hawks did a masterful job in casting this film with some actors very used to playing rustics. Ward Bond, Noah Beery, Jr. Howard DaSilva, Clem Bevans and most of all Walter Brennan as Pastor Rosier Pyle, tripling as preacher, postmaster, and owner of the general store. Brennan got an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, but since he'd already won three of them, the Academy voters gave Donald Crisp a break that year for How Green Was My Valley.

The York family is played by Margaret Wycherly, June Lockhart and Dickie Moore as mother, brother, and sister. Wycherly is one you'll remember also. Hard to believe this is the same woman who is also James Cagney's Ma in White Heat. Come to think of it, maybe not, Ma York and Ma Jarrett are both tough survivors.

As for the action that won him decorations from all the Allied powers including the Congressional Medal of Honor, you'll just have to see the film for that. But while some liberties are taken with York's pre-war story, what happened in the Argonne is actually what happened.

We could use a whole lot more Sergeant Yorks, those with the using kind of religion.

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