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WWII morale film for Texas A&M graduates fighting overseas. Young Brad Craig (Langton) enters the military school with a chip on his shoulder which Mitchum and other upperclassmen quickly knock off. Once adjusted, Craig falls in love with a professor's beautiful daughter, only to find she is in love with his roommate, played by Noah Beery. In the meantime, Craig associates with Japanese spies (including William Frawley of "I Love Lucy") bent on stealing a secret chemical compound being worked on a the University. But is he one of them, or a double agent for his country? Written by
Scot Kibbe <firstname.lastname@example.org>
We've Never Been Licked is one of those wartime flagwavers that has gone woefully out of date. In fact I'm sure that audiences were scratching their heads during the showing of this film in theaters across the country. Except possibly in Texas where no matter what they love their Aggies of Texas A&M.
Radio sportscaster Bill Stern, the Howard Cosell of his day narrates this film during a break in a Texas A&M football game during a broadcast to tell the story of a young Aggie played by Richard Quine who made a sacrifice for Uncle Sam.
Quine was a student at Texas A&M before Pearl Harbor and seemed to join in the Aggie swing of things, football, cadet corps, and girls in the person of Anne Gwynne. But she likes his roommate Noah Beery, Jr. much better.
In the meantime Quine is also buddying it up with a pair of Japanese exchange students who are getting increasingly isolated as tensions mount between the two countries. They're really there to spy and get some secret scientific formula being worked on at the Aggie laboratory.
Quine goes deep undercover and I mean deep. He discovers such other spies as William Frawley and Edgar Barrier working for the Land of the Rising Sun. In fact Barrier is made up Oriental and not too well. To keep his cover Quine quits the Aggies and goes to Japan with the epithet of traitor hung around his neck.
After Pearl Harbor though Quine redeems himself and I have to say in one of the most unbelievable climaxes ever in the history of film. I dare not say more, you have to see it to believe it.
Playing one of the upperclassmen to Quine and Beery is Robert Mitchum in one of his early films and one I'm sure he probably didn't have fond memories of. But God bless the cast they pulled this off without a smirk showing.
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