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What Price Glory (1952)

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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... See full summary »

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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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Trivia

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 Past Perfumance (1955) 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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Lesser John Ford is still quite good
8 January 2005 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

Ford might be best known for his Westerns, but he made nearly as many military pictures as he made Westerns (perhaps more if we were to count his cavalry pictures in the military genre). What Price Glory is a WWI picture starring James Cagney as a commanding officer. He's involved with the daughter of an innkeeper, Charmaine (Corinne Calvet), but he doesn't think he should marry her. He pushes off one of his underlings (Dan Dailey) on her, but later regrets it. There's also a nice romantic subplot involving a young Robert Wagner and a French teenager, Marisa Pavan. A lot of it works very well. I love Calvet. She's best known for her role in Anthony Mann's The Far Country, where she played the pig-tailed girl with the stocking cap who was always trying to sing for Jimmy Stewart. Oh, I know she's not a great actress, but she's so damn cute and charming. I love her character here, nice but opportunistic. The sets and cinematography are very good. The one aspect that really harms it is Dan Dailey. He gives a very weak performance and is very unsympathetic. 7/10.


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