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First to Fight (1967)

| Drama, War | 21 May 1967 (UK)
In WW2, highly decorated Marine Sgt. Jack Connell comes home to the USA from the Pacific War and trains recruits for the army until his fighting spirit prods him to request a return to active duty on the front lines.

Director:

Christian Nyby

Writer:

Gene L. Coon
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Cast

Cast overview:
Chad Everett ... Sgt. Jack Connell
Marilyn Devin ... Peggy Sanford
Dean Jagger ... Lt. Col. E.J. Baseman
Bobby Troup ... Lt. Overman
Claude Akins ... Capt. Mason
Gene Hackman ... Sgt. Tweed
James Best ... Gunnery Sgt. Ed Carnavan
Norman Alden ... Sgt. Schmidtmer
Bobs Watson ... Sgt. Maypole
Ken Swofford ... O'Brien
Ray Reese Ray Reese ... Hawkins
Garry Goodgion Garry Goodgion ... Karl
Robert Austin Robert Austin ... Adams
Clint Ritchie ... Sgt. Slater
Stephen Roberts Stephen Roberts ... Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt
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Storyline

Jack is the sole survivor of a Japanese attack on his squad at Guadalcanal. Because of his heroism and the fact that he is still alive, he becomes a Medal of Honor hero. He returns to train new recruits for the Marines and falls for a girl named Peggy. When training and marriage leave him with an empty feeling, he decides on a transfer back to the front lines. Soon he will find that marriage and life will change his outlook on the grueling battles that lie ahead. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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The blockbusting story of a fighting marine that comes mortar-screaming out of green hells and jungles!

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Drama | War

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Trivia

Producer William Conrad narrates the beginning. He also narrated another film he produced (and in that case, directed), My Blood Runs Cold in 1965. See more »

Goofs

During the initial night-time battle against the attacking Japanese forces (8:49),one Japanese soldier is clearly seen firing a German made Maschinenpistole MP40. No such weapons were in use with the Japanese Imperial Army during WW2. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Col. E.J. Baseman: Y' see what you want, and what I want have very little to do with it. Jack, now this war is just getting started and a lot of the people, or should we say some of the people back home haven't the slightest comprehension as to what its all about. Now Washington, headquarters, hell the war department would like someway somehow to enlighten those people. One week from today you are being given the congressional medal of honor in Washington. They're gonna hang a medal around your neck, put you in a...
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Connections

Features Casablanca (1942) See more »

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Music & Lyrics by Bobby Troup
Performed by Bobby Troup
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Great movie with all the drama and action one can ask for
12 March 2006 | by claude_butlerSee all my reviews

I saw this movie as a kid when it first came out in 1967. My father let me use his automobile to go to the local drive in theater to see this movie. I was quite impressed with it as a young lad and join the Marine Corps six months later. This movie has a lot of sentimental value for me. But, I'm a little confused as to why it cost so much at $49.00 and change on VHS. Can anyone give me some insight as to why this movie is so valuable? I want to purchase this movie but not at the current asking price.

Thanks

Claude W. Butler


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 May 1967 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Chef de patrouille See more »

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Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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