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Sergeant York -- Story of World War I hero who captured German position single-handedly. Film also portrays York's earlier life in the mountains of Tennessee.

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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 »
User Reviews:
A classic and moving war film, even for propaganda See more (89 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 ... Spoldier (uncredited)

Charles Middleton ... Mountaineer (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 ... Spoldier (uncredited)
Dick Simmons ... Marching Soldier (uncredited)
Edwin Stanley ... Editor (uncredited)
Will Stanton ... Cockney Soldier (uncredited)
Harry Strang ... Sergeant (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)
 
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)
William Guthrie .... location manager (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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Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Warner Brothers sought and obtained releases from other surviving members of Alvin C. York's platoon.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: At 6.10am York and company leave the trenches to attack the German positions. Their shadows however indicate the sun is directly overhead.See more »
Quotes:
Rosie York:Ma, what're they fighin' for over there?
Mother York:Don't rightly know, Child. Don't rightly know.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Ball of Fire (1941)See more »
Soundtrack:
I've Got Rings On My FingersSee more »

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23 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
A classic and moving war film, even for propaganda, 6 August 2002
Author: markcarlson2222 from San Diego CA

This is one of my all-time favorite films. I've seen it dozens of times and probably many more. The moving and deep drama of the Ozark hillbilly working himself to death to obtain some 'bottom land' is heavy and compelling drama in itself, so much so that one tends to wonder when the war will become an issue. But it does and again, it fills the heart and mind with pathos and suspense. Sergeant York was released during WWII, as an obvious war-bond pusher and patriotism builder, and it is no wonder that is was wildly successful. The war scenes and Cooper's acting are set into a realistic and colorful environment of battle and personal conflict. When York's "You done gimme command" line erupts from the speakers, the viewer is on the edge of his seat, already entranced by the personal heroism of this quiet man. What York did in the war, capturing 132 Germans was real, and the film's portrayal is right on the money, even to the extent, I believe, of filming it on the actual site, but I'm not willing to swear to it. It's the kind of film that makes one proud to be an American and that was its goal. Cooper is entirely believable, although the real Alvin York was hardly as good-looking. It's easy to fall in love with the ever-pretty Joan Leslie, a gem of a woman, as well as the simple and practical Margaret Wycherly as Ma York. Don't you get the idea that she and Pastor Pile have a thing going? Just an irreverent thought.

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