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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

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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ERROL FLYNN - OLIVIA DEHAVILLAND Wonderfully co-starred again in their biggest hit together See more »


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1 January 1942 (USA)  »

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$2,200,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The US government did not keep its treaty with Chief Crazy Horse or his people. See more »

Goofs

Lt. Gen. Winfield Scott (who in reality was no longer in the Army, as noted elsewhere on this page) is handed a message stating "Stuart attacking Hanover", dated 30 June 1863, which is the date Stuart was having his "Ridearound" east of Gettysburg. However, just before receiving the wire, he was discussing with Maj. Taipe his concern about the center of the line at Gettysburg, and that Stuart would "turn the flank at Roundtop". The battle of Gettysburg was started on 1 July, with the battle of Little Roundtop on 2 July. See more »

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Ned Sharp: If the other outfits don't fight their way through, you're liable to have a lot of Sioux on your hands.
George Armstrong Custer: Yes. Yes, quite a lot of Sioux, Sharp. But the greater the odds, the greater the glory.
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My Country Tis of Thee
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Music written by Henry Carey (1744)
Played as part of the score
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Rousingly spirited but highly inaccurate account of the legendary Custer
10 November 1998 | by See all my reviews

The Custer Legend, a la Warner Brothers Epic. There's no casting against type here, with the flamboyant Flynn as the flamboyant Custer in this rousing tribute, not only to Custer, but to the men of the 7th Cavalry. The story traces the life of the famed 'Boy General" from his turbulent days at West Point to his final fight at the Little Big Horn. Great liberties are taken with facts here, and we are presented with a Custer that is much more sympathetic to the plight of the redman than history relates. But this one is done on such a grand scale, the battle scenes alone provided employment for every extra in Hollywood. Down beat ending and all, this is great fun!


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