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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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Complete credited cast:
Cpl. Kiper
Lt. Aldrich
Pvt. Lewisohn
Nicole Bouchard
Lt. Moore (as Casey Adams)
Gen. Cokely
Wally Vernon ...
Henri Letondal ...
Cognac Pete


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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The New "What Price Glory" [as opposed to the classic 1926 silent version] See more »


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Release Date:

16 March 1953 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Deux durs à cuire  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jack Pennick was also in the 1926 version. See more »


When Flagg and Quirt crawl through the lines in search of prisoners, Flagg picks up a German helmet and places it on his head. In the next sequence he is bare headed but he wears it in the farm house. See more »


Captain Flagg: It's a lousy war, kid... but it's the only one we've got.
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Referenced in Lassie: What Price Valor?: Part 1 (1969) See more »


There's a Long, Long Trail
Music by Zo Elliott
Lyrics by Stoddard King
Sung in the background when Sgt. Quirt and Charmaine are arguing and making up
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Out of date for 1952
1 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

So much has been said in the reviews to date that none of it bears repeating, but there are a couple of points one should be aware of before investing 1hr 45min into this movie. Though filmed in 1952, the style has the feel of a movie from the late 30's/early 40's with the slapstick violence, goofy foreigners, and hammy acting. I expect and tolerate these things from pre-WWII flicks, but is hard to take from something produced in the 1950's.

As far as the anti-war element goes, this version is more of a tragic story of war than a pacifist piece. No pacifist here, but if you are looking for this from What Price Glory you'll be disappointed.

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