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What Price Glory (1952)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | 16 March 1953 (Sweden)
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The wartime romantic misadventures of Captain Flagg, commander of a company of US Marines in 1918 France.

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In 1918 France, Captain Flagg commands a disreputable company of Marines; his new top sergeant is his old friendly enemy, Quirt. The two men become rivals for the favors of fair innkeeper's daughter Charmaine, but the rivalry goes into reverse when Charmaine proves to be angling for a husband. When the company is ordered to the front, this comedy interlude gives way to the grim realities of war. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Deux durs à cuire  »

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John Ford was an uncredited second unit director in the 1926 version directed by Raoul Walsh. See more »

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Captain Flagg's command was referred to M Company, 5th Marines. In WWI Marine Companies were numbered. Prior to WWI they served independently with battalions and above were ad hoc organizations. 5th Marines should 5th Regiment. The change from Regiment to Marines wouldn't come until the 30s. See more »

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Pvt. Lewisohn: You speak English very well.
Nicole Bouchard: Sister Cecile does not permit that we speak French in English class.
Pvt. Lewisohn: Well, I can tell you how glad I am that you've Sister Cecile for a teacher.
Nicole Bouchard: Thank you, also my father does not permit that I speak to American soldier... in any language.
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Referenced in Lassie: What Price Valor?: Part 1 (1969) See more »

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The Marine Hymn
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Music by Jacques Offenbach from "Genviève de Brabant"
Played as the soldiers march at the beginning
Also played during the opening credits
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Think fast, Captain Flagg...
6 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Before John Ford directed this film version of What Price Glory, he directed a stage version for charity which was presented by the Masquers Club of Hollywood. The play was actually so popular it was taken on the road around Southern California to several other locations. Among the stars of that production were John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Ward Bond, Gregory Peck, Pat O'Brien, George O'Brien, Rod Cameron, and Harry Carey, Jr.

Maybe that's why he directed this film version, though from what I understand it was originally planned as a full musical (rather than a comedy-drama with a few songs, as it now stands). Supposedly this was the reason Cagney was so eager to do it. And of course Dan Dailey was also a dancer. And Phoebe and Henry Ephron often wrote the screenplays for some of the better Fox musicals. The musical angle also may explain why the film was done in Technicolor (or not.)

Another reviewer wrote, "The job of direction was handed to John Ford, who was known for staging extended improvisations, creating little vignettes of military life with comical drunkenness and good-natured fistfights."

I suppose that is one thing Ford was known for. He was also known for directing "They Were Expendable," one of the most moving war films ever made.


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