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 »
Shiftless Jeeter Lester and his family of hillbilly stereotypes live in a rural backwater where their ancestors were once wealthy planters. Their slapstick existence is threatened by a ... See full summary »
A Union Cavalry outfit is sent behind confederate lines in strength to destroy a rail/supply center. Along with them is sent a doctor who causes instant antipathy between him and the ... See full summary »
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 includes his job-related experiences as well as his family life and the relationships he develops with young cadets with whom he befriends. Based on the life of a real person. Written by
Walter Ehlers ("Mike Shannon") received the Congressional Medal of Honor for heroism on July 9/10, 1944, at Normandy, France. He was a Staff Sergeant in the 18th Infantry Regiment of the 1st Division. See more »
According to the storyline, Maher arrived at West Point no earlier than 1902, but George Koehler was football coach from 1897-1900. See more »
First of all, I must admit I am biased. My mom went to college with Marty Maher's niece, Maggie. However, as another reviewer pointed out, this is John Ford at his best, with Tyrone Power playing the part of John Wayne.
Although I do like Wayne, this part called for a better actor, and Ford cast Power brilliantly.
I also can usually smell bad Irish accents from miles off (don't get me started on all of those awful 'irish spring' commercials), but Power sounds like Frank McCourt was coaching him.
The main points of the story are fact based, but some of the events at the end were rearranged to flow better in the movie.
Overall, for John Ford fans, this one is a 'don't miss'!
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