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The Real Glory (1939)

Approved | | Action, History, Romance | 29 September 1939 (USA)
A small American contingent tries to train rural tribesmen to defend themselves against fanatical Muslim radicals in 1906 Philippines.

Director:

Henry Hathaway

Writers:

Jo Swerling (screenplay), Robert Presnell Sr. (screenplay) (as Robert R. Presnell) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gary Cooper ... Doctor Bill Canavan
David Niven ... Lieut. Terence McCool
Andrea Leeds ... Linda Hartley
Reginald Owen ... Capt. Steve Hartley
Broderick Crawford ... Lieut.'Swede' Larsen
Kay Johnson ... Mrs. Manning
Russell Hicks ... Capt. George Manning
Vladimir Sokoloff ... The Datu
Benny Inocencio Benny Inocencio ... Miguel
Charles Waldron Charles Waldron ... The Padre
Rudy Robles ... Lieut. Yabo (as Ruby Robles)
Tetsu Komai Tetsu Komai ... Alipang
Roy Gordon Roy Gordon ... Col. Hatch
Henry Kolker ... The General
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Storyline

In 1906 the American army pulls out of Mindanao leaving a handful of officers to try and get the Philippines Constabulary into shape to protect the native population from ruthless invaders. By reputation and by their exploits the fearless zealots initially strike terror into the local militia but the doctor on the post starts to finds ways to combat this. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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THE AMAZING STORY OF A U.S. ARMY DOCTOR'S HEROIC ADVENTURES! (original poster-all caps) See more »

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Action | History | Romance | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

29 September 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Yank in the Philippines See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

After the film was completed, it was viewed in a special screening by J. M. Elizalde, the Philippine Island Resident Commissioner, at the request of the Philippine president, Manuel Quezon. On behalf of Quezon, Elizalde requested the deletion of scenes that depicted "his people as inferior, morally afraid of the Moro Tribe and reflect[ed] in general against the courage of the Commonwealth." Goldwyn at first refused to make the deletions, but after consulting with aide James Roosevelt, the son of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the producer gave in to the commissioner's request and deleted some sequences. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Bill Canavan: I thought I missed when I shot at that juramentado, but I guess I didn't.
[He throws five bullets he romoved from the body on the table]
Dr. Bill Canavan: He had enough lead in him to sink a battleship!
Capt. George Manning: Doctor, a juramentado is like a horse. The only place to stop him is right here.
[He gestures to his head]
Capt. George Manning: Only you feel sorry for the horse.
Dr. Bill Canavan: I've heard of these fanatics that go beserk, but I never saw one before. I wonder what kept the bugger going with all those slugs in him. Must be some drug.
Padre Rafael: The drug that ...
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: This picture is dedicated to those heroic men - - - - members of the Philippine Constabulary - - who, 'always outnumbered - - never outfought' - - struggled valiantly to wrest their independence from forces that sought to enslave them - - - -.

Their unfailing courage in the face of untold hardships - - has made possible the great Philippine Commonwealth as we know it today.

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Tremendous Historical Adventure
7 June 2015 | by jlthornb51See all my reviews

The great Henry Hathaway directed this stirring tribute to the American soldiers who fought the savagely crazed Moros in defense of the Filipino people. So insanely monstrous were these Moros that the .45 automatic handgun was developed to produce the stopping power to prevent these bloodthirsty murderers from wildly hacking innocent Americans to pieces. The Muslim Moros had to be subdued by military force in the early twentieth century and the terrible struggle by U.S. forces to bring these fanatics to their knees is not well remembered today. In this exciting film, Gary Cooper gives a fine performance as a brave trooper who risks everything duty demands to save the civilization America brought to the Philippines after the Spanish American war freed the people from Spain's inhuman oppression. As a new enemy threatens to destroy all that had been done for the Filipinos through U.S. sacrifices, America must once more rise to meet the terror that seeks to wipe out democracy in the name of an evil theocratic ideal. A stirring tribute to the heroes of what is known as the Philippine Insurrection and quite prescient as an early depiction of radical Islamic extremism. A first class production from what is considered the greatest year in the history of Hollywood, 1939. A sprawling historical epic that is sadly quite relevant to our own era and the ugly danger that is no longer contained in faraway places but threatens our very own soil. Regrettably, this film is not simply a curiosity regarding a vague bit of history but an important statement for Western civilization today.


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