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What Price Glory (1952)

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The wartime romantic misadventures of Captain Flagg, commander of a company of US Marines in 1918 France.

Director:

John Ford

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Phoebe Ephron (screenplay), Henry Ephron (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Cagney ... Capt. Flagg
Corinne Calvet ... Charmaine
Dan Dailey ... 1st Sgt. Quirt
William Demarest ... Cpl. Kiper
Craig Hill ... Lt. Aldrich
Robert Wagner ... Pvt. Lewisohn
Marisa Pavan ... Nicole Bouchard
Max Showalter ... Lt. Moore (as Casey Adams)
James Gleason ... Gen. Cokely
Wally Vernon ... Lipinsky
Henri Letondal Henri Letondal ... Cognac Pete
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Storyline

In 1918 France, Captain Flagg commands a disreputable company of Marines; his new top sergeant is his old friendly enemy, Quirt. The two men become rivals for the favors of fair innkeeper's daughter Charmaine, but the rivalry goes into reverse when Charmaine proves to be angling for a husband. When the company is ordered to the front, this comedy interlude gives way to the grim realities of war. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The New "What Price Glory" [as opposed to the classic 1926 silent version] See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

16 March 1953 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Deux durs à cuire See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This version uses almost no dialogue from the original play and was originally intended to be a musical. See more »

Goofs

Captain Flagg's command was referred to M Company, 5th Marines. In WWI Marine Companies were numbered. Prior to WWI they served independently with battalions and above were ad hoc organizations. 5th Marines should 5th Regiment. The change from Regiment to Marines wouldn't come until the 30s. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Moore: What about those three men who were supposed to go up to Le Mans to get the Croix de Guerre?
Captain Flagg: Oh, yeah. Yes, yes. All right, get 'em out of the guardhouse and have 'em take a bath and send 'em over with an MP escort.
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Referenced in The Donna Reed Show: What Price Home? (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

It's a Long, Long Way to Tipperary
(uncredited)
Music by Jack Judge
Lyrics by Harry Williams
Sung by Corinne Calvet and chorus
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Misfired War Musical
14 July 2013 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Marine buddies James Cagney (as Captain Flagg) and Dan Dailey (as Sergeant Quirt) carouse through World War I, and eventually become rivals for the affections of beautifully-proportioned Frenchwoman Corinne Calvet (as Charmaine). Newly arriving from Philadelphia, handsome 22-year-old Robert Wagner (as Private Lewisohn) is attracted to local 17-year-old Marisa Pavan (as Nicole Bouchard). The pretty, dark-haired girl's father is upset. Rivaling Mr. Wagner for handsomeness, Craig Hill (as Aldrich) asks the titular question, "What price glory?" Future TV stars William Demarest and Harry Morgan support the troops...

This successful stage comedy-drama became a huge "silent" film hit for Fox in 1926, winning Quigley Publications "Best Picture" award and rising high in everyone's "Ten Best" list for the year. This 1952 re-make did not score as well with audiences...

One of the original film's "all-talking" comedy sequels was the semi-musical "The Cock-Eyed World" (1929), which is how this project was initially envisioned. We have colorful cinematic sets, a few remaining musical performances and stage-lighting techniques. Director John Ford and the Fox personnel assembled were much more aware of the earlier films, helping to explain this misfire. The story began as an anti-war statement; while present, the point gets lost in the inebriated interplay between Mr. Cagney and Mr. Dailey. The actors are forced to alternate between broad "F Troop"-style antics and the accumulation of dead bodies.

***** What Price Glory (7/25/52) John Ford ~ James Cagney, Dan Dailey, Corinne Calvet, Robert Wagner


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