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They Died with Their Boots On -- Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland star in this romanticized biography of General George Armstrong Custer and his last stand.
They Died with Their Boots On -- Trailer for this Civil War era adventure film

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Director:
Writers:
Wally Kline (original screenplay) and
Æneas MacKenzie (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
1 January 1942 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The heroic saga of Custer's Last Stand! See more »
Plot:
A highly fictionalized account of the life of George Armstrong Custer from his arrival at West Point... See more » | Full synopsis »
User Reviews:
In the Midst of the Fantasy... See more (102 total) »

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 ... Major Romulus Taipe

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

Sydney Greenstreet ... Lt. General Winfield Scott

Regis Toomey ... Fitzhugh Lee

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

Frank Wilcox ... Captain Webb
Joe Sawyer ... Sergeant Doolittle (as Joseph Sawyer)
Minor Watson ... Senator Smith
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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)

Edward Biby ... Military Officer (uncredited)

Hobart Bosworth ... Mr. Cartwright (uncredited)
Rudy Bowman ... Trooper (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)
Tex Cooper ... Trooper (uncredited)
Victor Cox ... Trooper (uncredited)
Joseph Crehan ... President Ulysses S. Grant (uncredited)
Wade Crosby ... Ft. Lincoln Bartender (uncredited)
Russell Custer ... Barfly (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)
Slim Gaut ... Trooper (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)
Chick Hannan ... Trooper (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)
John Hudkins ... 7th Cavalry Trooper (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)

Eric Mayne ... Congressman (uncredited)

Frank Mayo ... Orderly (uncredited)
Sam McDaniel ... Waiter Serving Custer (uncredited)
Patrick McVey ... Cpl. Jones (uncredited)

Robert Milasch ... Townsman (uncredited)

Frank Mills ... Barfly (uncredited)
Mike Morelli ... Barfly (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Jack Mower ... Telegraph Operator (uncredited)
George Murphy ... Cavalryman (uncredited)
Richard Neill ... Restaurant Patron (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 (original screenplay) and
Æneas MacKenzie (original 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 (film editor)
 
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


Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (A Warner Bros.-First National Picture)
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Additional Details

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Runtime:
140 min
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Language:
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) | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Approved (Certificate No 7505) | USA:Not Rated (DVD rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Because of a shortage of native Americans in Hollywood, Warner Bros. imported 16 Sioux from the Dakotas.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: On 28 June 1863, three days prior to the Battle of Gettysburg, Gen. Pleasonton promoted Custer from captain to acting brigadier general of volunteers.See more »
Quotes:
[California Joe is driving the wagon in which Libby is riding on the trek to Fort Lincoln]
California Joe:[to one of the horses] Move over there, sweetheart, 'fore I cut the rest of your tail off!
Elizabeth Bacon:[she looks at him, shocked] I beg your pardon.
California Joe:I said move over, you dirty Ethiopian son of a blue-bellied Mohawk!
Elizabeth Bacon:You mean the horse.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Legends of the West (1992)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Wedding MarchSee more »

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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
In the Midst of the Fantasy..., 19 December 2005
Author: Darryl Cox (DD-931) from Norman, Oklahoma

Naturally, along with everyone else, I was primed to expect a lot of Hollywood fantasy revisionism in THEY DIED WITH THEIR BOOTS ON over the legend of Custer. Just having someone like Errol Flynn play Custer is enough of a clue that the legend has precedence over the truth in this production. And for the most part my expectations were fulfilled (in an admittedly rousing and entertaining way).

Yet even in this obviously biased (and much criticized) retelling of the Custer story, I was struck by some of the points made in this movie that, sometimes subtly but nevertheless solidly, seemed to counter the typical clichés of manifest destiny and unvarnished heroism usually found in Westerns of the early 20th century.

For instance, even while this film attempted to whitewash it's hero, certain scenes still suggested the more flawed and foolish character of the real-life Custer:

1) His initial entrance at the West Point front gate, in which his arrogance and pompousness is a clear aspect of his character.

2) His miserable record at West Point, which seems to be attributed as much to Custer's cluelessness about the demands of military service as any other factor; there are moments in the way Flynn plays Custer at West Point where he seems downright stupid.

3) Custer's promotion to General is not only presented as a ridiculous mistake, but it plays out as slapstick comedy. I half-expected to see the Marx Brothers or Abbott and Costello wander into the scene.

4) Custer's stand against Jeb Stuart at Gettysburg is not whitewashed as brilliant military tactical leadership, but is presented as reckless and wildly lucky.

5) Custer's drinking problem is certainly not ignored.

And although the music and some of the ways the Indians were shown in this film were certainly reinforcements of the racist stereotype of the ignorant savage, it still came as a surprise to me that the movie actually went into some detail as to why the Indians were justified in attacking the whites who were moving into their land, and fairly explicitly laid the blame for the battles in the Black Hills squarely at the foot of the white man. In fact, no one can argue that the clear villain of the piece is not Anthony Quinn as Sitting Bull, but Arthur Kennedy & Co. as the white devils making the false claim of gold in the Black Hills. Sure, that part of the story is true, but I didn't expect to see it portrayed quite so unequivically in a movie like this.

And one other thing: usually in these films it is the Indians who are portrayed en masse as drunken animals seemingly incapable of the basic common sense to avoid getting falling down drunk any time they get near alcohol. In this movie, it is actually the troops of the 7th Cavalry, and not the Indians, who in at least two scenes are portrayed this way.

All in all, this movie slips in some surprising moments in the midst of the Hollywood bunk.

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