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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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HEROES UNMATCHED FOR COURAGE..HISTORY UNEQUALED FOR GLORY! (original ad - all caps) 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

Untrained rider George Murphy was killed when he fell from his horse while drunk. See more »

Goofs

1940s-era overhead electrical lines are seen several times during the Civil War battle at Hanover. See more »

Quotes

Lt. General Winfield Scott: If he turns us, Washington and Baltimore will fall.
[Reads dispatch and recoils in horror]
Lt. General Winfield Scott: Stuart! Stuart's Corps at Hanover? It's a mistake. Get verification at once!
Cpl. Smith: It has been verified, sir.
Lt. General Winfield Scott: He's on our rear. We're trapped. All that stands between us and total disaster is the Michigan brigade, a handful of volunteers.
Maj. Romulus Taipe: But the Michigan Brigade's been ordered to Round Top! It's on it's way now!
Lt. General Winfield Scott: Then stop it Taipe, stop it! Tell them to hold it's ground to the last man.
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Featured in The Adventures of Errol Flynn (2005) See more »

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Garryowen
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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's best film
4 April 2003 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

Dashing Errol Flynn brings his usual flair for drama in this historically flawed but entertaining film of the life of George Armstrong Custer. The dashing, jovial Flynn essays Custer from his days at West Point as a reckless, headstrong cadet, through the Civil War years in an extraordinarily generous and partisan interpretation of history, and finally as the nonpareil Indian fighter whose blunder at the Little Big Horn is excused as a sacrifice by Custer of his command as a way of exposing the corruption of government officials and post traders as well as a protest of the unfair treatment of the Plains Indians. Olivia de Havilland, Flynn's co-star in several other films, scores as the devoted, adoring Libby Bacon, and Anthony Quinn looks the part as the fierce Sioux chief Crazy Horse. The film's battle scenes are excellent. The Civil War battles are brief and are shown as several vignettes in which Custer, seemingly supported by just a handful of troopers, hammers the Confederate army into submission. Custer's last fight against the Indians is a grand spectacle, a savage clash between red men and white, with no quarter given in a wild mix of military might between determined fighting men. Great direction, cinematography, casting and wonderful music by Max Steiner make this film a Hollywood classic.


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