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Release Date:
29 April 1943 (Sweden) See more »
Out on patrol in the war-time desert a Canadian corporal reminisces about the woman he has left behind... See more » | 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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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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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
I liked this film more than my wife and Henry Fonda did., 19 September 2012
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

"Immortal Sergeant" was apparently not one of Henry Fonda's favorite film roles. I am not sure why "The Big Street" wasn't his least favorite (it was god-awful, believe me) but he disliked it. And, I might add, my wife wasn't super-fond a this film as we watched it. However, I really thought it was pretty good...though I do wonder if the main character played by Fonda might have been schizophrenic--that's because throughout the film he keeps hearing the voice of his sergeant--even though the guy is dead!

The film is a WWII propaganda film. Because of this, it's main thrust is NOT realism but to bolster folks' support of the war effort. I cut the film a bit of slack, as it was 1943 and keeping up morale was a major concern. What I didn't like was the casting of Fonda, as he was supposed to be a Brit--and seemed about as British as John Wayne or Hattie McDaniel! In this sense, I could see why he didn't like playing this role--but the plot is pretty good and more than makes up for this.

The sergeant in the title is played by Thomas Mitchell--and he's very good in this role. This guy is a career soldier and seems indestructible to his men--and he is adored by them. However, although he seems to have all the answers, his corporal (Fonda) seems quite different--unsure of himself and not at all the soldier Mitchell is. But, when the sergeant is killed and Fonda is left in charge of a small group of men in the North African desert, he's given a chance to show his mettle.

In many ways, this film is a lot like the film "Sahara"--though "Sahara" is a much more enjoyable (and less realistic) film. Both are set in the same locale and are about a small group of soldiers overcoming greater numbers of enemy soldiers. But the casting and script just weren't quite as good here--though the film STILL is enjoyable and did what the studio wanted it to do. I also appreciate how the men in this film were NOT indestructible--many died even though you KNEW how it all had to end. Not brilliant but quite entertaining.

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