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First to Fight (1967)

| Drama, War | 21 May 1967 (UK)
In WW2, highly decorated Marine Sgt. Jack Connell comes home to the USA from the Pacific War and trains recruits for the army until his fighting spirit prods him to request a return to active duty on the front lines.

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Cast overview:
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Sgt. Jack Connell
Marilyn Devin ...
Peggy Sanford
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Lt. Col. E.J. Baseman
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Lt. Overman
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Capt. Mason
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Sgt. Tweed
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Gunnery Sgt. Ed Carnavan
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Sgt. Schmidtmer
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Sgt. Maypole
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O'Brien
Ray Reese ...
Hawkins
Garry Goodgion ...
Karl
Robert Austin ...
Adams
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Sgt. Slater
Stephen Roberts ...
Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt
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Jack is the sole survivor of a Japanese attack on his squad at Guadalcanal. Because of his heroism and the fact that he is still alive, he becomes a Medal of Honor hero. He returns to train new recruits for the Marines and falls for a girl named Peggy. When training and marriage leave him with an empty feeling, he decides on a transfer back to the front lines. Soon he will find that marriage and life will change his outlook on the grueling battles that lie ahead. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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The blockbusting story of a fighting marine that comes mortar-screaming out of green hells and jungles!

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21 May 1967 (UK)  »

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Chad Everett and Claude Akins also appeared together in Claudelle Inglish (1961), The Dakotas : The Chooser of the Slain (1963) and Medical Center : Time of Darkness (1973). See more »

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Wearing his greens, Jack has two rows of ribbons but contrary to Marine regulations, no marksmanship badges. See more »

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Features Casablanca (1942) See more »

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Cf: Sgt. John Basilone in "The Pacific"
28 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

After seeing this and being familiar with the series, The Pacific, it seems this is a fictional and weaker version of the real story of Sgt. John Basilone.

Nevertheless, this is a decent film and does convey some of the hell our men went through in the early stage of the war over there.

The Pacific portrayed it all much better.


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