First to Fight (film)

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First to Fight
Directed by Christian Nyby
Produced by Jimmy Lydon
Written by Gene L. Coon
Starring Chad Everett
Marilyn Devin
Dean Jagger
Music by Fred Steiner
Cinematography Harold E. Wellman
Edited by George R. Rohrs
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release dates January 25, 1967 (1967-01-25)
Running time 92 min.
Country  United States
Language English

First to Fight is a 1967 American Technicolor Warner Bros. war film starring Chad Everett, Marilyn Devin, Dean Jagger, Bobby Troup and James Best.[1]

The film features an early career appearance by future Academy Award winner Gene Hackman as Sgt. Tweed.


A force of American Marines are caught by the Japanese in the jungles at Guadalcanal. "Shanghai" Jack Conell (Chad Everett) (based on "Manila" John Basilone) is the sole survivor of his squad, and when he makes it back to his own lines he is awarded the Medal of Honor. When he returns home he falls in love with Peggy Sandford (Marilyn Devin). Soon, however, he volunteers to return to the fighting.



Battle scenes staged at Camp Pendleton Marine Base, Oceanside, California, and in the San Fernando Valley at the Bell Ranch and Africa U.S.A. Park. Scenes from Casablanca (1942) are included in the film.[2]


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