We've Never Been Licked

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We've Never Been Licked
Weve Never Been Licked 1943 poster.jpg
Theatrical Poster
Directed by John Rawlins
Produced by Walter Wanger
Written by Nick Grinde, Norman Reilly Raine
Starring Richard Quine
Noah Beery, Jr.
Anne Gwynne
Martha O'Driscoll
Robert Mitchum
Cinematography Milton R. Krasner
Distributed by Universal
Release dates
  • August 30, 1943 (1943-08-30)
Running time
103 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $918,175[1]
Box office $1,109,186[1]

We've Never Been Licked (1943) is a World War II propaganda film produced by Walter Wanger and released by United Artists. Parts of the movie were shot on location at the Texas A&M University campus. Released in the UK under the title, Texas to Tokyo; re-released in the US as Fighting Command.[2][3][4] The cast features Richard Quine, Anne Gwynne, Noah Beery, Jr., Martha O'Driscoll, William Frawley and Robert Mitchum.


Army brat Brad Craig enters A&M with a chip on his shoulder which upperclassmen quickly knock off. Once adjusted, Craig falls in love with a professor's beautiful daughter, only to find she is in love with his roommate. In the meantime, Craig unwittingly associates with Japanese spies (one played by William Frawley of I Love Lucy) bent on stealing a secret chemical compound developed in the A&M Chemistry Department. Craig is drummed out of the Corps for being a suspected accomplice to the spies, but he then bravely infiltrates the spy network to sabotage the Japanese war effort.[5] Many A&M traditions are referenced in this film.


Production notes[edit]

  • Production Dates: mid-Nov 1942-early Feb 1943; addl scenes 30 Mar-31 Mar 1943
  • The working title of this film was Texas Aggies.


The film earned a modest $283,724.[1]


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