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They Died with Their Boots On (1941)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Romance | 1 January 1942 (USA)
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A highly fictionalized account of the life of George Armstrong Custer from his arrival at West Point in 1857 to his death at the battle of the Little Big Horn in 1876. He has little ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... George Armstrong Custer
... Elizabeth Bacon
... Ned Sharp
... California Joe
... Samuel Bacon, Esq.
... Crazy Horse
... Major Romulus Taipe
... General Phil Sheridan
... William Sharp
... Lt. General Winfield Scott
... Fitzhugh Lee
... Callie
G.P. Huntley ... Lt. 'Queen's Own' Butler (as George P. Huntley Jr.)
... Captain Webb
... Sergeant Doolittle (as Joseph Sawyer)
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A highly fictionalized account of the life of George Armstrong Custer from his arrival at West Point in 1857 to his death at the battle of the Little Big Horn in 1876. He has little discipline at the academy but is prepared to stand up to the senior cadet, Ned Sharp, who makes his life miserable. While there he catches the eye of the commandant, Col. (later General) Phil Sheridan and also meets his future bride, Elizabeth Bacon. Graduating early due to the Civil War, it is only through a chance meeting with General Winfield Scott that he finally gets assigned to a cavalry regiment. He served with distinction during the war and when he is promoted to Brigadier General in error, he leads his troops in a decisive victory. He has little to do after the war turning down lucrative positions in private industry and it's his wife who arranges with Gen. Scott for him to be appointed a Lt. Colonel and given command of the 7th Cavalry. He is depicted as a friend of the Indians who will fight for... Written by garykmcd

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HEROES UNMATCHED FOR COURAGE..HISTORY UNEQUALED FOR GLORY! (original ad - all caps) See more »


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$2,200,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Hollywood legend has it that director Raoul Walsh had an inspired choice to play Sitting Bull--Buster Keaton. He approached Jack L. Warner with the idea and Warner replied, "Custer beaten by Buster Keaton?". That was the end of that. See more »

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Upon Custer's first arrival at Fort Abraham Lincoln, a soldier announcing his arrival is standing in front a 1930s era plaque memorializing the fort's founding. See more »

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[Custer addresses the officers after his arrival at Fort Lincoln]
George Armstrong Custer: We're responsible for the protection of 100,000 square miles of territory. And against us are ranged thousands of the finest light cavalry on earth. I found that out this morning. It's a big job, gentlemen... and it's gonna need a fine regiment. Our job is to make this the finest regiment that the United States ever saw. I needn't tell most of you that a regiment is something more than just six hundred disciplined fighting men. ...
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Referenced in Bones: The Cowboy in the Contest (2015) See more »

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My Country Tis of Thee
(uncredited)
Music written by Henry Carey (1744)
Played as part of the score
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Errol Flynn was born to play General Custer.

Although this film changes reality to make it more heroic and entertaining, sometimes fantasy is more enjoyable than real life, and also nothing could be more real than Errol Flynn playing Custer. This remains the best film made about Custer. The music of Max Steiner is magnificent and also all through the film the Irish song "Gerry Owen", which was a favourite of Custer is played. The film should have more villains, because they try to concentrate all the bad guys in Arthur Kennedy. The relationship between Flynn and De Havilland flows like in no other off their films together, and director Raoul Walsh with his experience in outside scenes with a lot of actors is at his best.


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