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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)
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)
 
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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: Grant graduated from West Point in 1843, ranking 21st in a class of 39. Not at the bottom of his class as stated in the movie.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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Movie Connections:
Featured in Legends of the West (1992)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Wedding MarchSee more »

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28 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Enjoyably spectacular nonsense, 22 May 2002
Author: scgary66 from Los Angeles

All in all, an excellent movie from that time and source (coming from Warner Brothers as it was peaking in craftsmanship and style just before WWII), provided you don't take it at all seriously. The movie really makes no claim to being historically accurate, and is certainly no more or less accurate or believable than say, JFK. (This one may actually be more honest about it, though, as it essentially admits along the way that it's not to be taken as particularly fact-based, but more of a stylishly semi-heroic portrayal.) It's worth noting that audiences of the time were no more naive about the story than we are today; the NY Times review conceded that audiences would "dismiss factual inaccuracies sprinkled throughout the film," described the biographical account of Custer's life as "fanciful," and pointed out that the presentation of Custer's motivations regarding the final events were at odds with various historical accounts. They could have really gone overboard in building up Custer, one supposes, but they succeed admirably in depicting him as not necessarily the sharpest or most diligent guy around, but appropriately determined, principled and inspirational.

Flynn and DeHavilland, doing their 8th movie together in 7 years (and their last), are so comfortable together, and play off each other so easily at this point, that it's not too difficult to overlook how thinly their courtship is written here. With a first-time pairing, it would be hard to imagine what could really draw Elizabeth to Custer, but these two make it work. The movie is also missing their director from their previous seven films together (the greatly underrated Michael Curtiz), but given that he had worked with them on the previous year's similar-themed Santa Fe Trail, it's understandable if he chose to opt out of this one. (They all started together with Captain Blood and The Charge of the Light Brigade - both terrific - so we can't really blame them if they started having a tough time keeping it all fresh.)

Raoul Walsh, the director here, is certainly more comfortable with the action sequences - which are outstanding - and everything else outdoors. The interior scenes are a little more uneven, but the studio craftsmen succeed in compensating for that very well, as does Warner Bros' outstanding cast of "usual suspects" and new faces (Greenstreet, Gene Lockhart, Anthony Quinn, Arthur Kennedy, etc). I would have liked it better if Kennedy's character had been a bit less standard (I generally like his work), but here he seems to be hitting roughly the same notes in every scene; the part could have been better written - and I suppose they might have been unsure of what he could handle, as he'd only been in films for one year (Walsh probably took him for this after doing High Sierra together).

Various highlights include the depiction (probably imagined) of the genesis of "Garryowen" as the cavalry theme. The last half hour is particularly outstanding, especially with the parting of the leads echoing the end of their screen partnership, followed by the final battle scenes. A thoroughly rousing adventure.

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