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Immortal Sergeant (1943)

Approved | | Drama, War | 29 April 1943 (Sweden)
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During a WW2 patrol in the North-African desert, a Canadian corporal reminisces about his sweetheart and must lead his platoon when the sergeant gets wounded.

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Out on patrol in the war-time desert a Canadian corporal reminisces about the woman he has left behind in London and ponders whether she will fall for the charms of his rival in love. At the same time he worries about how he would get on with his outfit if his crack sergeant was not there to guide him. Circumstances combine to give answers to both questions. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Many heroic stories will come out of this war ... but there will never be a greater one than this !

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According to TCM's Robert Osborne, this was the last film Henry Fonda worked on before enlisting in the U.S. Navy for World War II. See more »

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The two Germans on patrol at the oasis, when seen moving towards the CPL, are carrying their rifles slung over their right shoulder, but when they are shown a moment later, the rifles are at 'shoulder arms', on their right shoulder. See more »

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Valentine Lee: I feel guilty being here
Cpl. Colin Spence: Why don't you like the water?
Valentine Lee: Ooh, I love it, but I should be working.
Cpl. Colin Spence: Oh it too hot to work beside this is my first leave you owe it to me.
Valentine Lee: [laughs] I broken an engagement to be with you, you know
Cpl. Colin Spence: Tom?
[She nods]
Cpl. Colin Spence: Does he know your not going to be there?
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Edited into All This and World War II (1976) See more »

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Nothing immortal about this one
9 July 2016 | by See all my reviews

This is the first American film about the North Africa campaign and the last film Henry Fonda made before reporting for the war. In fact he had tried to report earlier but studio head Zanuck had him deferred until this film was made.

"The Immortal Sergeant" tells the oft-told tale of a group of soldiers at risk trying to survive. The first version I can recall was "the Lost Patrol" a 1929 British silent film remade in 1934 by John Ford. Those films were based on the 1927 novel "Patrol" and the basic theme has been repeated since (e.g., 'The Thirteen", "Sahara", "Last of the Comanches", "Kokoda").

This 1943 film is an American propaganda film using the British fighting in Africa for the setting. Though this is obviously a studio film, the camera work is pretty good and some of the action sequences look good.

The cast is rich with 40s stars like Henry Fonda, Thomas Mitchell, Maureen O'Hara, and Reginald Gardiner. But they are merely going through the motions and there is nothing here you haven't seen before.

My favorite WW 2 fighting films made between 1942 and 1944 include "Wake Island" (1942), "Bataan" (1943) which also had Mitchell, "The Fighting Sullivans" (1944), "Flying Tigers" (1942), "Guadalcanal Diary" (1943), "The North Star" (1943), "The Rats of Tobruk" (1944), and "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo" (1944).

There are a plethora of non-fighting WW 2 films that are worthy of mention – "Casablanca" (1942), "Lifeboat" (1944), "Hangmen Also Die" (1943), and "Five Graves to Cairo" (1943).


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