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The Glory Guys (1965)

Not Rated | | Romance, Western | 7 July 1965 (USA)
What could be worse for two cavalry officers than to battle with native tribes? To battle each other for the same woman.

Director:

Arnold Laven

Writers:

Sam Peckinpah (screenplay), Hoffman Birney (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Tryon ... Capt. Demas Harrod
Harve Presnell ... Sol Rogers
Senta Berger ... Lou Woddard
James Caan ... Pvt. Anthony Dugan
Andrew Duggan ... Gen. Frederick McCabe
Slim Pickens ... Sgt. James Gregory
Peter Breck ... Lt. Bunny Hodges
Jeanne Cooper ... Mrs. Rachael McCabe
Michael Anderson Jr. ... Pvt. Martin Hale
Laurel Goodwin Laurel Goodwin ... Beth Poole
Adam Williams ... Pvt. Lucas Crain
Erik Holland Erik Holland ... Pvt. Clark Gentry
Robert McQueeney Robert McQueeney ... Maj. Oliver Marcus
Wayne Rogers ... Lt. Mike Moran
William Meigs William Meigs ... Capt. Rand Treadway
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Storyline

During the Sioux Wars, General Frederick McCabe's 3rd U. S. Cavalry Regiment is recruiting and training men for the upcoming campaign against the Sioux. Captain Demas Harrod is in charge of the D troop. He's also in-love with pretty Lou Woodard who lives in Mule City. Lou is engaged to Sol Rogers, chief of scouts under General McCabe. Lou doesn't seem to make up her mind regarding the man she really wants. She claims to be attracted to both men. This brings the two rivals into conflict that often times ends up into fist fights. At the fort, the training of men intensifies. After the graduation, the troopers get a well-deserved leave which they spend in nearby Mule City drinking heavily and causing disturbances. These disturbances prompt the town Marshal and his deputies to try to arrest the rowdy soldiers. A general fist-fight ensues, bringing Captain Harrod and chief of scouts Rogers together on the same side of the punch-up match. General McCabe participates in a commanders' ... Written by nufs68

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Eee-Yo!!! Here comes the Glory Guys! See more »

Genres:

Romance | Western

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 July 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dice of God See more »

Filming Locations:

Hereford, Arizona, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Levy-Gardner-Laven See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Sam Peckinpah's Malibu house was destroyed by a gigantic fire during the preparation of the movie and Peckinpah risked his life to save the script manuscript from the fire. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. James Gregory: You're government property now, son.
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Referenced in Izuko e (1966) See more »

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Good Cavalry Western
20 November 2010 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Although producer Arnold Laven got the directorial credit he did this film along the lines laid out by Sam Peckinpah who wrote the script and started directing the film. The usual 'creative differences' were the official reason given for Peckinpah leaving the film, but more than likely it had something to do with Sam's undisciplined nature.

The Glory Guys is a wonderful cavalry western with a plot borrowed partially from Fort Apache and part from the story in the Bible about David, Bathsheba, and Uriah the Hittite. Uriah in this case is Captain Tom Tryon and not because of jealousy, but because of his lust for glory and medals, General Andrew Duggan has decided that a troop of raw recruits is to be the Judas Goat led to the slaughter, a troop which Tryon commands and has a month to whip in some kind of shape so they can have a fighting chance against the Sioux.

Fort Apache itself is a southwestern version of the Custer and the Little Big Horn story and The Glory Guys takes much of its tone about the camaraderie of the soldiers from those Ford westerns. The characters you see played by Slim Pickens, Michael Anderson, Jr., and James Caan could easily have been found at and in Fort Apache.

Romance is a rough thing at this army post as Tryon and scout Harve Presnell have a nice rivalry going for Senta Berger. But when it comes to the business of the cavalry, these two bury the hatchet lest an Sioux hatchet be buried in them.

Without the presence of some big box office stars The Glory Guys tends to get overlooked. But if you see it broadcast, don't you overlook it.


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