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.