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Director:
Writers:
Wally Kline (screenplay) and
Æneas MacKenzie (screenplay)
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Release Date:
1 January 1942 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The heroic saga of Custer's Last Stand! See more »
Plot:
Highly fictionalized account (see the IMDB 'goofs' for examples) of the life of George Armstrong Custer... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Errol Flynn ... George Armstrong Custer

Olivia de Havilland ... Elizabeth Bacon

Arthur Kennedy ... Ned Sharp

Charley Grapewin ... California Joe

Gene Lockhart ... Samuel Bacon, Esq.

Anthony Quinn ... Crazy Horse
Stanley Ridges ... Maj. Romulus Taipe

John Litel ... Gen. Phil Sheridan
Walter Hampden ... William Sharp

Sydney Greenstreet ... Lt. Gen. Winfield Scott

Regis Toomey ... Fitzhugh Lee

Hattie McDaniel ... Callie
G.P. Huntley ... Lt. 'Queen's Own' Butler (as George P. Huntley Jr.)

Frank Wilcox ... Capt. Webb
Joe Sawyer ... Sgt. Doolittle (as Joseph Sawyer)
Minor Watson ... Sen. Smith
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Eleanor Parker ... Bit Part (scenes deleted)
Eddie Acuff ... Cpl. Smith (uncredited)
Tod Andrews ... Cadet Brown (uncredited)
Cyril Archambault ... Lakota Sioux Warrior (uncredited)
Irving Bacon ... Uniform Salesman (uncredited)
Walter Baldwin ... Settler (uncredited)
Roy Barcroft ... Officer (uncredited)
Hank Bell ... 1st Michigan Officer (uncredited)
Brooks Benedict ... Well-Wisher (uncredited)
Hobart Bosworth ... Mr. Cartwright (uncredited)
Truman Bradley ... 7th Michigan officer (uncredited)
Moses Brave ... Lakota Sioux Warrior (uncredited)
Virginia Brissac ... Woman (uncredited)
Walter Brooke ... Cadet Rosser (uncredited)
Jack Budlong ... Cavalryman (uncredited)
Lane Chandler ... Sentry (uncredited)
Spencer Charters ... Station Master (uncredited)
Leo Chasing Hawk ... Chief of Indian Scouts (uncredited)
G. Pat Collins ... Corporal (uncredited)
Clancy Cooper ... Train Conductor (uncredited)
Joseph Crehan ... President Ulysses S. Grant (uncredited)
Wade Crosby ... Ft. Lincoln Bartender (uncredited)
Steve Darrell ... Officer (uncredited)
Andrew DeRockbraine ... Crazy Horse Rescuer (uncredited)
Joe Devlin ... Joe (uncredited)
Moses Dog ... Lakota Sioux Warrior (uncredited)
George Eldredge ... Capt. Riley (uncredited)
Alvin Elk Nation ... Oglala Chief (uncredited)
Amos Elk Nation ... Blackfeet Chief (uncredited)
Martin Faust ... Officer (uncredited)
Frank Ferguson ... Grant's Secretary (uncredited)
Francis Ford ... Veteran (uncredited)
William Forrest ... Adjutant (uncredited)
Dick French ... Officer (uncredited)
Alberta Gary ... Jane (uncredited)
Sol Gorss ... Adjutant (uncredited)
Jesse Graves ... Black Servant (uncredited)
Michael Grey Eagle ... Lakota Sioux Warrior (uncredited)
Raymond Hairy Chin ... Lakota Sioux Warrior (uncredited)
John Hamilton ... Colonel (uncredited)
Carl Harbaugh ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Weldon Heyburn ... Staff Officer (uncredited)
Herbert Heywood ... Newsman (uncredited)
Russell Hicks ... Colonel of 1st Michigan (uncredited)
Max Hoffman Jr. ... Sergeant Reading Telegraph Copy (uncredited)
Edna Holland ... Nurse (uncredited)

William Hopper ... Lt. Frazier (uncredited)
Joseph Fast Horse Sr. ... Sioux Chief (uncredited)
Selmer Jackson ... Capt. McCook (uncredited)
Annabelle Jones ... Bacon's Maid #2 (uncredited)
Edward Keane ... Congressman (uncredited)
Fred Kelsey ... Ft. Lincoln Bartender (uncredited)
Joe King ... Chairman of Hearing (uncredited)
Paul Kruger ... Officer (uncredited)

Harry Lewis ... Youth (uncredited)
Vera Lewis ... Head Nurse (uncredited)
Arthur Loft ... Tillaman (uncredited)
Ian MacDonald ... Soldier (uncredited)
Frank Mayo ... Orderly (uncredited)
Sam McDaniel ... Waiter Serving Custer (uncredited)
Patrick McVey ... Cpl. Jones (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Barfly (uncredited)
Jack Mower ... Telegraph Operator (uncredited)
George Murphy ... Cavalryman (uncredited)
Anna Q. Nilsson ... Mrs. Taipe (uncredited)
Frank Orth ... Barfly (uncredited)
Eddie Parker ... Sentry (uncredited)
Tex Parker ... Soldier (uncredited)
Bob Perry ... Officer (uncredited)
Aileen Pringle ... Mrs. Sharp (uncredited)
Jack Red Bear ... Shosone Chief (uncredited)
George Reed ... Charles (uncredited)
Renie Riano ... Nurse (uncredited)
Addison Richards ... Adjutant (uncredited)
John Ridgely ... 2nd Lt. Davis (uncredited)
Virginia Sale ... Nurse (uncredited)
Robert Schoenhut Sr. ... Sioux Warrior (uncredited)
James Seay ... Lt. Walsh (uncredited)
Frank Shooter ... Lakota Sioux Warrior (uncredited)
Garland Smith ... Officer (uncredited)
Hugh Sothern ... Maj. Smith (uncredited)
Harry Strang ... Orderly (uncredited)

Ray Teal ... Barfly (uncredited)
Jim Thorpe ... Indian (uncredited)
Minerva Urecal ... Nurse (uncredited)
William Village Center ... Mniconjou Chief (uncredited)
Dick Wessel ... SSgt. Brown (uncredited)
Joshua White Shield ... Cheyenne Chief (uncredited)

Gig Young ... Lt. Roberts (uncredited)
Francis Zahn ... Sans Arc Chief (uncredited)
Louis Zamperini ... Soldier (uncredited)
Victor Zimmerman ... Colonel of 5th Michigan (uncredited)
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Directed by
Raoul Walsh 
 
Writing credits
Wally Kline (screenplay) and
Æneas MacKenzie (screenplay)

Lenore J. Coffee  additional dialogue (uncredited)

Produced by
Robert Fellows .... associate producer
Hal B. Wallis .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
 
Cinematography by
Bert Glennon (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
William Holmes 
 
Art Direction by
John Hughes 
 
Costume Design by
Milo Anderson (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
Charles Gorman .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Ward Hamilton .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Nellie Manley .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Bill Phillips .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Frank Mattison .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Claude Archer .... second assistant director (uncredited)
B. Reeves Eason .... second unit director (uncredited)
Arthur Lueker .... first assistant director (uncredited)
Russell Saunders .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Robey Cooper .... assistant props (uncredited)
Eddie Edwards .... props (uncredited)
Budd Friend .... assistant props (uncredited)
William Wallace .... assistant props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Dolph Thomas .... sound
Everett A. Hughes .... cable person (uncredited)
Ned O. Nair .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Dick H. Williams .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Stunts
George Barrows .... stunts (uncredited)
Jane Bill .... stunt double (uncredited)
Jack Budlong .... stunts (uncredited)
Yakima Canutt .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Iron Eyes Cody .... stunts (uncredited)
Bruce Gailbraith .... stunt double (uncredited)
Fred Graham .... stunts (uncredited)
Howard Hill .... stunts (uncredited)
John Hoffman .... stunt double (uncredited)
Herbert Holcombe .... stunts (uncredited)
John Hudkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons .... stunt double: Anthony Quinn (uncredited)
Leo J. McMahon .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Mead .... stunts (uncredited)
Roy Moore .... stunts (uncredited)
George Murphy .... stunts (uncredited)
Gil Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
David Sharpe .... stunts (uncredited)
Buster Wiles .... stunt double: Errol Flynn (uncredited)
Jack Williams .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Yrigoyen .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Yrigoyen .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
William Classen .... grip (uncredited)
Benny Cohan .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Ellsworth Fredericks .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Mickey Moran .... best boy (uncredited)
Fred Morgan .... still photographer (uncredited)
Ralph Owen .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kathrin Grams .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Dick Moder .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Don Siegel .... montage (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Hugo Friedhofer .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Bernhard Kaun .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Edward A. Blatt .... dialogue director (as Eddie Blatt)
J.G. Taylor .... technical advisor (as Lt. Col. J.G. Taylor Retired U.S. Army)
Jane Bill .... double (uncredited)
Eugene Busch .... script clerk (uncredited)
Bruce Gailbraith .... double (uncredited)
John Hoffman .... double (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons .... double (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
140 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Finland:K-8 (1965) | Finland:S (1943) | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1947) | Norway:16 (1947) | UK:U | USA:Approved (Certificate No 7505) | USA:Not Rated (DVD rating)

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Trivia:
The highest regular Army rank attained by Winfield Scott was actually Major General. Lieutenant General was a brevet (temporary) rank. The First regular Lieutenant General would be Ulysses S. Grant, promoted to the rank in March of 1864. General Scott was also one of three veterans of the War of 1812 still listed in the rolls of the regular Army at the start of the Civil War.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: As Custer meets Libby while walking his "Punishment Tour" at West Point, he's carrying a Springfield muzzle-loader but, the musket has no ram-rod which was essential to its loading. That might be the least of the mistakes in this scene since history records that Elizabeth "Libbie" Bacon never met Custer while he was at West Point; she met him in 1862, almost a year after he left the Military Academy.See more »
Quotes:
George Armstrong Custer:[on his cadet uniform] I must get myself a tigerskin as soon as possible.See more »
Soundtrack:
The Wedding MarchSee more »

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23 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Balderdash on the Little Bighorn, though first rate balderdash., 30 September 2002
Author: robertguttman from Tappan, New York

This is Custer's last stand, through the Warner Brothers' mill. As a 'biopic', "They Died With Their Boots On" is pure poppycock. One cannot help but admit, however, that Errol Flynn was the ideal choice to play the part of the dashing leader of the doomed 7th Cavalry. Of course, the part wasn't exactly a stretch for him. After all, Flynn had already led "The Charge of the Light Brigade" and portrayed George Armstrong Custer's real-life enemy, Confederate Cavalry General Jeb Stuart, in "Sante Fe Trail" (in which future-President Ronald Reagan depicted Custer).

Appearing opposite Flynn is his ubiquitous co-star, Olivia De Havilland, as Custer's faithful wife Liddy. It has often been said that behind every great man lies a great woman. In Custer's case, that was true to a large extent. The real Liddy Custer spent the rest of her life promoting her late husband's larger-than-life heroic reputation. In that sense, the genesis of this fanciful film might be laid at her door.

Rounding out the fine cast is a young Anthony Quinn as a surprisingly sympathetic (for a 1940s movie) version of Chief Crazy Horse. In fact, Crazy Horse actually comes off as the most sympathetic character in the entire film. Quinn delivered a rather more restrained performance here than was usual in many of his later films. Of course this wasn't the first time he had appeared as a Native American in a movie, but this role was a definite step up because this time Quinn got to play a Native American as a character, and actually deliver some lines.

Of course, action is what any Errol Flynn movie is all about and, in that respect, "They Died With Their Boots On" delivers in spades. Warner Brothers must have collected every horse, rider and pair of boots in Hollywood for the spectacular climax. Surely Custer himself would have approved of Flynn's final scene. One can almost imagine Custer's ghost saying; "Even if that wasn't the way I really died, it certainly is the way I should have".

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