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Director:
Writers:
Phoebe Ephron (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
16 March 1953 (Sweden) See more »
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Tagline:
The Glory Story of Them All! See more »
Plot:
In 1918 France, Captain Flagg commands a disreputable company of Marines; his new top sergeant is his old friendly enemy... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Cagney ... Capt. Flagg
Corinne Calvet ... Charmaine

Dan Dailey ... 1st Sgt. Quirt

William Demarest ... Cpl. Kiper
Craig Hill ... Lt. Aldrich

Robert Wagner ... Pvt. Lewisohn

Marisa Pavan ... Nicole Bouchard

Max Showalter ... Lt. Moore (as Casey Adams)

James Gleason ... Gen. Cokely
Wally Vernon ... Lipinsky
Henri Letondal ... Cognac Pete
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Luis Alberni ... Grand Uncle (uncredited)
Olga Andre ... Sister Clothilde (uncredited)
Tina Blagoi ... Mrs. Bouchard (uncredited)
Danny Borzage ... Gilbert (uncredited)
George Bruggeman ... German Lieutenant (uncredited)
Frederic Brunn ... German Officer (uncredited)
Paul Bryar ... Charmaine's Uncle (uncredited)
John Caler ... Young Marine (uncredited)
Harry Carter ... Runner (uncredited)
Ann Codee ... Nun (uncredited)
Gene Corso ... Minor Role (uncredited)
George Davis ... Uncle (uncredited)
Jack Drummond ... Young Marine (uncredited)
Michael Dugan ... Aide General (uncredited)
Charles B. Fitzsimons ... Capt. Wickham (uncredited)

Paul Fix ... Gowdy (uncredited)
Scott Forbes ... Lt. Bennett (uncredited)
Freeman Fowler ... Young Marine (uncredited)
Arno Frey ... German Officer (uncredited)
Don Garner ... Young Marine (uncredited)
Budd Garrett ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Louis J. Gasnier ... Brother (uncredited)
Jay Hall ... Marine Recruit (uncredited)
Ivan Hayes ... Soldier (uncredited)
William Henry ... Holsen (uncredited)
Carroll David Hurley ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Ray Hyke ... Mulcany (uncredited)
Stan Johnson ... Lt. Cunningham (uncredited)
Billy Jones ... Young Marine (uncredited)
Fred Kennedy ... Young Marine (uncredited)
Henry Kulky ... Company Cook (uncredited)
Fred Libby ... Lt. Schmidt (uncredited)
Arlyn E. Loynd ... Marine Recruit (uncredited)
Lee MacGregor ... Young Marine (uncredited)
Wayne Mallory ... Runner (uncredited)
Robert McCaffery ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Sean McClory ... Lt. Austin (uncredited)
Louis Mercier ... Bouchard (uncredited)
Torben Meyer ... Mayor (uncredited)
Richard Monahan ... Young Marine (uncredited)

Harry Morgan ... Sgt. Moran (uncredited)

Barry Norton ... Priest (uncredited)
James O'Hara ... Young Soldier (uncredited)
Bob Odom ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Peter Ortiz ... French General (uncredited)
Jack Pennick ... Ferguson (uncredited)
Robert Preble ... Young Marine (uncredited)
Gene Ray ... Young Marine (uncredited)
Anthony Raymond ... Minor Role (uncredited)
John M. Reed ... Minor Role (uncredited)
George Sawaya ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Robert Schwartz ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Richard Shackleton ... Marine Recruit (uncredited)
Mickey Simpson ... Military Policeman (uncredited)
Bill Strickland ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Harry Tenbrook ... Laughing Marine in formation (uncredited)
Tom Tyler ... Capt. Davis (uncredited)
George Washburn ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Richard Webster ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jack Weeden ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Ken Williams ... Young Marine (uncredited)
William Yetter Sr. ... German Officer (uncredited)
Alfred Zeisler ... German Colonel (uncredited)

Directed by
John Ford 
 
Writing credits
Phoebe Ephron (screenplay) and
Henry Ephron (screenplay)

Maxwell Anderson (play) and
Laurence Stallings (play)

Produced by
Sol C. Siegel .... producer
 
Original Music by
Alfred Newman 
 
Cinematography by
Joseph MacDonald  (as Joe MacDonald)
 
Film Editing by
Dorothy Spencer 
 
Art Direction by
George W. Davis 
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little 
Stuart A. Reiss  (as Stuart Reiss)
 
Costume Design by
Edward Stevenson 
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Wingate Smith .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
Winston H. Leverett .... sound (as Winston Leverett)
 
Visual Effects by
Ray Kellogg .... special photographic effects
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... wardrobe director
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator (as Edward Powell)
 
Other crew
Billy Daniel .... dance stager
Leonard Doss .... technicolor color consultant
Jean de Betz .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Joe Hinds .... stand-in: James Gleason (uncredited)
Jack Pennick .... military technical advisor (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
111 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (re-rating) (1991) | USA:Approved (certificate #15706)

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Trivia:
The melody "Charmaine" (Rapee/Pollock), specially written for the 1928 version of the film, was incorporated into the soundtrack music following a best-selling version record by Mantovani making the charts in 1951.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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 »
Quotes:
Captain Flagg:It's a lousy war, kid... but it's the only one we've got.See more »
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Soundtrack:
My Love, My LifeSee more »

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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
"March the bridegroom off to war", 29 August 2011
Author: Steffi_P from Ruritania

In the mid-1920s, when What Price Glory? debuted as a play and was filmed for the first time, there was a popular anti-war mood, and cultural works attacking the First World War proliferated. In the early-1950s, with World War Two a recent memory and the Korean war still going on, war movies of every kind were at the height of their popularity, but there was no way they could be openly anti-militaristic. Hence, when Fox Studios decided to resurrect the classic story in 1952 it was largely a comical and de-politicised affair.

With a screenplay by Henry and Phoebe Ephron, this version of What Price Glory? uses virtually none of Maxwell Anderson's original dialogue. 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. In What Price Glory? this is done to the extent that it actually overshadows any semblance of plot. And not just the anti-war business; the romantic subplots seem weak and disjointed as well.

That's not to say there aren't some good things about this picture. The Technicolor cinematography by Joe MacDonald is often breathtaking, giving a haunting quality to the mist-shrouded battlegrounds. Ford was as always a good visual director, often using stark contrasts in depth to bring different ideas to our attention in the one shot. For example, as the troops march off to the front, a mass of drab browns and greys, we see Corinne Calvet in a bold red, white and blue dress – a human flag and a reminder of what the men are leaving behind them. And James Cagney is good fun in one of his purely comic roles.

But there is little else to recommend about this What Price Glory? Various scenes look to have been filmed with an emphasis on pathos, but they don't work within the structure of the whole thing. When a young Robert Wagner makes the central speech in which the words of the title are spoken, it seems barely to relate to the rest of the picture. And it's not the mixing of comedy with the realities of war per se that makes it fall apart – after all this is the basis of such classics as The Big Parade and MASH – it's just that the balance is wrong. It simply fails to take the war seriously enough, and the "serious" moments seem like flimsy little inserts. Of course, if it had been a tight and hard-hitting anti-war drama, it would most likely have fallen foul of the censors and/or stifled the careers of its creative team. As it was, this vague mish-mash of bar songs and army jokes was conveniently inoffensive.

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