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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)

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)
Max Steiner .... conductor (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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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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:
Because of a shortage of native Americans in Hollywood, Warner Bros. imported 16 Sioux from the Dakotas.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Numerous times during the film, Libbie Custer refers to General Phil Sheridan as "Uncle Phil". In fact, no family relationship existed between the two and there is no evidence that she knew him in any way independently of her husband's association with him. Custer was, however, one of Sheridan's favorite officers, and it's possible that she might have considered a familial relationship of sorts existed between them.See more »
Quotes:
Ned Sharp:Where is the regiment riding?
George Armstrong Custer:To hell, Sharp... or to glory. It depends on one's point of view.
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Soundtrack:
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15 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Custodian of the Custer Legacy, 14 April 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Whether one views him as a gallant cavalier of the plains or a glory hunting egomaniac, debates about the life and military career of George Armstrong Custer continue down to the present day. They Died With Their Boots On presents certain facts of the Custer story and has taken liberty with others.

He did in fact graduate at the bottom of his class at West Point and got this overnight promotion on the battlefield to Brigadier General. His record leading the Michigan Regiment under his command was one of brilliance.

It was also true that his marriage to Libby Bacon was one of the great love matches of the 19th century. Libby and George were married for 12 years until The Little Big Horn. What's not known to today's audience is that Libby survived until 1933. During that time she was the custodian of the Custer legend. By dint of her own iron will and force of personality her late husband became a hero because she would not allow him to be remembered in any other way.

I think Raoul Walsh and Warner Brothers missed a good opportunity to have the Custer career told in flashback. Olivia DeHavilland should have been made up the way Jeanette MacDonald was in Maytime, and be telling the story of her husband and her marriage from the point of view of nostalgia and remembrance. Even then the cracks in the Custer legend were appearing, but if done from Libby's point of view, they could be understood and forgiven.

Sydney Greenstreet gave a fine performance as General Winfield Scott. The only problem was that Scott had nothing whatsoever to do with Custer, he was retired and replaced by George B. McClellan in late 1861 while Custer was still at West Point. I'm not sure they ever met. But Greenstreet does a good characterization of the ponderous and powerful Winfield Scott. A nice Mexican War story should have been what they gave Greenstreet instead for his very accurate portrayal of old Fuss and Feathers.

The film though is carried by one of the great romantic teams of cinema, Errol Flynn and Olivia DeHavilland. This was the last of eight films they did together. The last scene they ever did for the cameras was Libby's farewell to George as he leaves to join his regiment for what will prove to be his last campaign. Both their performances, Olivia's especially, was a high point in their careers at Warner Brothers. We know through history that Custer is riding to his doom, that and the fact that this was their last screen teaming give this scene such a special poignancy. If your eyes don't moisten you are made of marble.

As history They Died With Their Boots On leaves a lot to be desired. As western adventure that successfully mixes romance with the action, you can't beat this film at all.

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