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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.


Henry Hathaway


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




Complete credited cast:
Gary Cooper ... Dr. Bill Canavan
David Niven ... Lt. Terence McCool
Andrea Leeds ... Linda Hartley
Reginald Owen ... Capt. Steve Hartley
Broderick Crawford ... Lt. 'Swede' Larsen
Kay Johnson ... Mabel 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


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 {J-26}

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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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The film was re-issued in 1942 with the title "A Yank in the Philippines," but the Office of War Information (OWI) requested that it be withdrawn; the Philippine Moros--the "bad guys" in the film--had become allies of the US in World War II. See more »


Lieut. Larson: I gotta go now- I gotta pollinate some orchids!
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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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Christian Nation
14 July 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Back in 1999 I made a long planned journey to the Far East and the Phillipines was one of the stops. I learned two things there and they are key to understanding The Real Glory. The first is they are very proud of the fact they are the only Christian nation in the Far East. The second is that they gained their independence in 1898, but suffered American occupation until 1946.

The southern Phillipines are where the Moslem Moros reside and if we hadn't been there, they would still have a lovely religious war with the Christian northern islands. But we were also occupiers and it is part of an occupying army that new American officers Gary Cooper, David Niven, and Broderick Crawford arrive at a post in one of those southern Moslem dominated islands.

The events in this film take place in 1906, four years after the Filipino resistance was crushed. Our three American officers are assigned to a place where the local Osama is running roughshod over the populace and waging a nasty, brutal war on the Americans with tactics not unlike we see in Iraq and Afghanistan.

I can't say too much more about the plot of this film, it gets down right silly at times. But someone should screen this for this president and the one who'll succeed him. If the key to installing fear in Moslem hearts is as simple as Gary Cooper discovers, we'll beat them without any further ado.

Maybe one day someone will make a good film about the Phillipine resistance and our occupation. There's quite a story there, at different points in time, America is shown in a good or bad light. It's sad that this is the only film I can think of about the USA in the Phillipines.

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Release Date:

29 September 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Yank in the Philippines See more »


Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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