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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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 ...
Maj. 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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Capt. Webb
Joe Sawyer ...
Sgt. 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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ERROL FLYNN - OLIVIA DEHAVILLAND Wonderfully co-starred again in their biggest hit together See more »


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1 January 1942 (USA)  »

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To the Last Man  »

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$2,200,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Because of new union laws, producers were forced to use regular screen extras without stunt experience. In the opening days of shooting 80 were injured and 3 were killed. The filming of the "Last Stand" sequence from this movie involved some 200 horsemen charging around in pretend battle and was so dangerous that one day during filming Anthony Quinn, who played Crazy Horse, arranged as a gag for a hearse to show up at the filming location. See more »

Goofs

When Custer and Gen. Scott are shown standing side by side, Custer is significantly taller. However, in real life Gen. Winfield Scott at 6ft 5in was nearly 6 inches taller than Custer. See more »

Quotes

[the night before the battle, Custer asks Butler to take his last letter back to Fort Lincoln]
Lt. "Queen's Own" Butler: Why are you asking me to go back with it?
George Armstrong Custer: Well, for one thing you're an Englishman, not an American.
Lt. "Queen's Own" Butler: Not an American! What do you Yankees think you are? The only REAL Americans in this merry old parish are on the other side of the hill with feathers in their hatr.
George Armstrong Custer: You're probably right about that. But there's 6,000 of them... and less than 600 of us. The regiment's being sacrificed, Butler, and I ...
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Referenced in Wiseguy: No One Gets Out of Here Alive (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

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(uncredited)
Traditional military song
Played during the opening and closing credits and as background music aften
Sung in the Monroe bar by Frank Orth, Ray Teal, Frank Mills and G.P. Huntley
Reprised on piano by G.P. Huntley, with the soldiers singing in Ft. Lincoln
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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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