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The Real Glory (1939)

A small American contingent tries to train rural tribesmen to defend themselves against fanatical Muslim radicals in 1906 Philippines.

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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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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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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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When Dr. Canavan (Gary Cooper) says the Smith brothers (the rats) are collaborating on work he's doing with Berry Berry; Berry Berry was added, very obviously, in post production. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Bill Canavan: [to Captain Hartley, who is going blind] Fact is you're afraid to live. That's much worse than being afraid to die!
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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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It's like LIVES OF A BENGAL LANCER, Part II
31 December 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

A few years earlier, Gary Cooper starred in the very entertaining LIVES OF A BENGAL LANCER--an adventure film about an uprising in Afghanistan and the actions of the British army to crush this rebellion. In this case, the film cast made some sense, as Gary Cooper's accent could be explained away by his being a Canadian. But here, we once again have him playing a very similar role as a soldier in the American army but he is surrounded by British actors. They never really explained how the very-British Reginald Owen and David Niven were American soldiers! But, despite this silly casting, the film is highly entertaining and worth seeing--provided you ignore the strange accents. In addition, like LIVES OF A BENGAL LANCER, there was a local tribal insurrection that must be eliminated by training loyal locals to fight to ensure the peace. In the case of this film, it is set in the Philippines and based on the very brief Moro uprising towards the beginning of the 20th century. It's the sort of adventure film you can enjoy provided you have only modest expectations--in other words, this isn't deep or philosophical, but more like a traditional Cowboy and Indian movie set in a tropical setting.


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