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29 April 1943 (Sweden) See more »
Many heroic stories will come out of this war ... but there will never be a greater one than this !
During a WW2 patrol in the North-African desert, a Canadian corporal reminisces about his sweetheart and must lead his platoon when the sergeant gets wounded. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Henry Fonda ... Cpl. Colin Spence

Maureen O'Hara ... Valentine Lee

Thomas Mitchell ... Sgt. Kelly

Allyn Joslyn ... Cassidy

Reginald Gardiner ... Tom Benedict

Melville Cooper ... Pilcher

Bramwell Fletcher ... Symes
Morton Lowry ... Cottrell
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

John Banner ... Officer (uncredited)
Wilson Benge ... Waiter (uncredited)
Ted Billings ... Man at Train Depot as Soldiers Return (uncredited)

Lane Bradford ... Returning Soldier (uncredited)
Gordon B. Clarke ... Soldier (uncredited)
James Craven ... NCO (uncredited)
Italia DeNubila ... Dance Specialty (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)

Bud Geary ... Driver (uncredited)
Frederick Giermann ... Soldier (uncredited)
Henry Guttman ... Soldier (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Charles Irwin ... NCO (uncredited)
Guy Kingsford ... Lorry Driver (uncredited)

Peter Lawford ... Soldier (uncredited)
Anthony Marsh ... Assistant Post Corporal (uncredited)
Bob Mascagno ... Dance Specialty (uncredited)
John Meredith ... Soldier (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Jean Prescott ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Cyril Ring ... Man at Train Depot as Soldiers Depart (uncredited)
Donald Stuart ... Post Corporal (uncredited)
David Thursby ... Bren Carrier Driver (uncredited)
Leslie Vincent ... Runner (uncredited)
Hans von Morhart ... Soldier (uncredited)
Sam Waagenaar ... German (uncredited)
John Whitney ... Soldier (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ... Headwaiter (uncredited)

Directed by
John M. Stahl 
Writing credits
Lamar Trotti (written by)

John Brophy (novel)

Produced by
Lamar Trotti .... producer
Original Music by
David Buttolph 
Cinematography by
Arthur C. Miller  (as Arthur Miller)
Film Editing by
James B. Clark 
Art Direction by
Richard Day 
Maurice Ransford 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little 
Fred J. Rode 
Costume Design by
Earl Luick 
Makeup Department
Guy Pearce .... makeup artist
Production Management
Robert Webb .... production manager (uncredited)
Sound Department
W.D. Flick .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Music Department
Alfred Newman .... musical director
Alfred Newman .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Lionel Newman .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
Arthur Appell .... choreographer
Crew believed to be complete

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91 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved (certificate #8854)

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Crew or equipment visible: When the survivors come across the vehicle tracks after the attack on the Italian armoured car, multiple shadows of the soldiers can be seen, indicating multiple light sources.See more »
Valentine Lee:I feel guilty being here
Cpl. Colin Spence:Why don't you like the water?
Valentine Lee:Ooh, I love it, but I should be working.
Cpl. Colin Spence:Oh it too hot to work beside this is my first leave you owe it to me.
Valentine Lee:[laughs] I broken an engagement to be with you, you know
Cpl. Colin Spence:Tom?
[She nods]
Cpl. Colin Spence:Does he know your not going to be there?
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Nothing immortal about this one, 9 July 2016
Author: drjgardner from California

This is the first American film about the North Africa campaign and the last film Henry Fonda made before reporting for the war. In fact he had tried to report earlier but studio head Zanuck had him deferred until this film was made.

"The Immortal Sergeant" tells the oft-told tale of a group of soldiers at risk trying to survive. The first version I can recall was "the Lost Patrol" a 1929 British silent film remade in 1934 by John Ford. Those films were based on the 1927 novel "Patrol" and the basic theme has been repeated since (e.g., 'The Thirteen", "Sahara", "Last of the Comanches", "Kokoda").

This 1943 film is an American propaganda film using the British fighting in Africa for the setting. Though this is obviously a studio film, the camera work is pretty good and some of the action sequences look good.

The cast is rich with 40s stars like Henry Fonda, Thomas Mitchell, Maureen O'Hara, and Reginald Gardiner. But they are merely going through the motions and there is nothing here you haven't seen before.

My favorite WW 2 fighting films made between 1942 and 1944 include "Wake Island" (1942), "Bataan" (1943) which also had Mitchell, "The Fighting Sullivans" (1944), "Flying Tigers" (1942), "Guadalcanal Diary" (1943), "The North Star" (1943), "The Rats of Tobruk" (1944), and "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo" (1944).

There are a plethora of non-fighting WW 2 films that are worthy of mention – "Casablanca" (1942), "Lifeboat" (1944), "Hangmen Also Die" (1943), and "Five Graves to Cairo" (1943).

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