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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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39 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
The Film That Won World War II?????, 5 February 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

In his memoirs Henry Fonda hated this film above all others that he did in his career. That's taking in quite a bit of territory because Fonda did some dreadful stuff in the seventies like Tentaccoli with a giant octopus. A lot of this was done for the money and Fonda with five wives certainly had much expenses in alimony.

But Immortal Sergeant held a place dear in his heart because of the head of 20th Century Fox, Darryl F. Zanuck. Back in 1940 in order to get the part of Tom Joad, Fonda made a faustian deal with Zanuck signing his only studio contract. The studio cast him in what he considered junk. The good films he made in that four year stretch were on loan out, to Paramount for The Lady Eve, to Warner Brothers for The Male Animal, to RKO for The Big Street. He was not fond of what Fox cast him in for the most part because he got what was left after Tyrone Power and Don Ameche rejected it.

Anyway come 1943 Fonda had two objectives, to make The Oxbow Incident because he knew that would be a classic and to enlist in World War II as pal Jimmy Stewart did. He prevailed on Zanuck to do The Oxbow Incident and it was a cheaply made western, classic though it was because it was shot completely on the sound stage.

Then Zanuck cajoled, begged, and pleaded with him to make this one more film which he said was a great propaganda piece one that would tear the hearts of the movie going public and rally the homefront and be an inspiration to the fighting troops.

When Immortal Sergeant proved somewhat less than that, Fonda felt hoodwinked and gritted his teeth and finished the film. He tried in fact to enlist to get out of it and Zanuck had so much pull in Washington, DC, Fonda kept getting his enlistment postponed.

It was one angry Henry Fonda who finished The Immortal Sergeant and then went to war. His experience with this film made him bound and determined to get out of his contract one way or another. Ultimately he left Hollywood in 1948 when he got a great Broadway role in Mister Roberts. Fonda didn't return to Hollywood until 1955 and then to make the screen version of Mister Roberts.

But that's getting away from Immortal Sergeant. Without Henry Fonda's rather colored viewpoint of the situation let me say it's not the worst World War II flag waver the studios put out. As is usual Henry Fonda is a Canadian to explain his non-British speech who has enlisted in the British army and is serving in North Africa. He's a young man with a lot of angst and when his patrol's sergeant is killed, Fonda has to summon something from within to bring the men back to their lines.

Thomas Mitchell is the sergeant and Maureen O'Hara is Fonda's girl back home and both do a creditable job.

For the rest of his life Fonda would foam at the mention of Immortal Sergeant. Being the professional he was, he did a good job in the film.

But Immortal Sergeant hardly belongs in the same company as The Oxbow Incident and Mister Roberts in the works of Henry Fonda.

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