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They Died with Their Boots On (1941)

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Highly fictionalized account (see the IMDB 'goofs' for examples) of the life of George Armstrong Custer from his arrival at West Point in 1857 to his death at the battle of the Little Big ... See full summary »

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Ned Sharp
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California Joe
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Samuel Bacon, Esq.
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Stanley Ridges ...
Major Romulus Taipe
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Walter Hampden ...
William Sharp
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Fitzhugh Lee
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Callie
G.P. Huntley ...
Lt. 'Queen's Own' Butler (as George P. Huntley Jr.)
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Captaib Webb
Joe Sawyer ...
Sergeant Doolittle (as Joseph Sawyer)
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Highly fictionalized account (see the IMDB 'goofs' for examples) of the life of George Armstrong Custer from his arrival at West Point in 1857 to his death at the battle of the Little Big Horn in 1876. He has little discipline at the academy but is prepared to stand up to the senior cadet, Ned Sharp, who makes his life miserable. While there he catches the eye of the commandant, Col. (later General) Phil Sheridan and also meets his future bride, Elizabeth Bacon. Graduating early due to the Civil War, it is only through a chance meeting with General Winfield Scott that he finally gets assigned to a cavalry regiment. He served with distinction during the war and when he is promoted to Brigadier General in error, he leads his troops in a decisive victory. He has little to do after the war turning down lucrative positions in private industry and it's his wife who arranges with Gen. Scott for him to be appointed a Lt. Colonel and given command of the 7th Cavalry. He is depicted as a friend... Written by garykmcd

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A STORY OF UNDYING FAITH! (original ad - all caps) See more »


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1 January 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

To the Last Man  »

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$2,200,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to 'The Guinness Book of Movie Facts and Feats' a total of three men were killed during the cavalry charge scene. Bill Mead's horse tripped while riding alongside Errol Flynn. As he was going down, the stuntman had the presence of mind to throw his sword forward to avoid it, but bad luck caused the hilt to get stuck in the ground and Mead fell on it, impaling himself. See more »

Goofs

After Sharp (Arthur Kennedy) is hit by shots in the chest and Custer holds him as he is dying seconds later, the blood trickling out of the right corner of his mouth is already dry. See more »

Quotes

[California Joe is driving the wagon in which Libby is riding on the trek to Fort Lincoln]
California Joe: [to one of the horses] Move over there, sweetheart, 'fore I cut the rest of your tail off!
Elizabeth Bacon: [she looks at him, shocked] I beg your pardon.
California Joe: I said move over, you dirty Ethiopian son of a blue-bellied Mohawk!
Elizabeth Bacon: You mean the horse.
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Soundtracks

The Wedding March
(uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61"
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played at the wedding
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Errol Flynn was born to play General Custer.
19 February 2003 | by (S. Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Although this film changes reality to make it more heroic and entertaining, sometimes fantasy is more enjoyable than real life, and also nothing could be more real than Errol Flynn playing Custer. This remains the best film made about Custer. The music of Max Steiner is magnificent and also all through the film the Irish song "Gerry Owen", which was a favourite of Custer is played. The film should have more villains, because they try to concentrate all the bad guys in Arthur Kennedy. The relationship between Flynn and De Havilland flows like in no other off their films together, and director Raoul Walsh with his experience in outside scenes with a lot of actors is at his best.


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