The life story of a salt-of-the-earth Irish immigrant, who becomes an Army Noncommissioned Officer and spends his 50 year career at the United States Military Academy at West Point. This ... See full summary »
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
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Jack Pennick was an acknowledged military expert. Highly likely that he was a technical expert on this movie even though he never received credit for being so. While filming a movie at West Point, he pointed out that a display of crossed swords were hung upside down. They had been incorrectly displayed for many years. 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 »
Quirt loves the bottle, and when he's drunk he is the lousiest, filthiest tramp that ever wore a uniform. He's even worse than I am, and you know I don't allow anybody to get as bad as that.
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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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