What Price Glory? (1952 film)
|What Price Glory|
1952 Theatrical Poster
|Directed by||John Ford|
|Produced by||Sol C. Siegel|
|Written by||Henry Ephron|
|Music by||Alfred Newman|
|Editing by||Dorothy Spencer|
|Distributed by||20th Century-Fox|
|Running time||111 minutes|
|Box office||$2 million (US rentals)|
What Price Glory is a 1952 World War I film based on a 1924 play by Maxwell Anderson and Laurence Stallings, though it used virtually none of Anderson's dialogue. Originally intended as a musical, it was filmed as a straight comedy, directed by John Ford and released by 20th Century Fox on 22 August 1952 in the U.S. The film stars James Cagney and Dan Dailey as US Marines in World War I.
Flagg and Quirt are veteran United States Marines whose rivalry dates back a number of years. Flagg, now a captain, is in command of a unit on the front lines of France during World War I. Sergeant Quirt is assigned to Flagg's unit as the senior non-commissioned officer. Flagg and Quirt quickly resume their rivalry which this time takes its form over the affections of Charmaine, the daughter of the local innkeeper. However, Charmaine's desire for a husband and the reality of war give the two men a common cause.
- James Cagney as Captain Flagg
- Corinne Calvet as Charmaine
- Dan Dailey as 1st Sergeant Quirt
- William Demarest as Corporal Kiper
- Craig Hill as Lieutenant Aldrich
- Robert Wagner as Private Lewisohn
- Marisa Pavan as Nicole Bouchard
- Max Showalter as Lieutenant Moore (as Casey Adams)
- James Gleason as General Cokely
- Wally Vernon as Lipinsky
- Harry Morgan as Sergeant Moran (uncredited)
- Tom Tyler as Captain Davis (uncredited)
- Henri Letondal as Cognac Pete (Charmaine's father)
The film is a remake of the 1926 film directed by Raoul Walsh and starring Edmund Lowe, Victor McLaglen, and Dolores del Rio. Walsh also made a musical version of the film three years later, when sound film emerged, entitled The Cock-Eyed World, again with McLaglen and Lowe playing the same characters but featuring Lili Damita. In 1933, Walsh directed Lowe and McLaglen in the same roles in a comedic sequel called Hot Pepper, involving a woman named "Pepper" portrayed by Lupe Velez.
- 'Top Box-Office Hits of 1952', Variety, January 7, 1953
- Aubrey Solomon, Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History, Scarecrow Press, 1989 p224
- Arthur Gewirtz, James J. Kolb (2004). Art, Glitter, and Glitz: Mainstream Playwrights and Popular Theatre in 1920s America. Praeger/GreenwoodPlays. ISBN 0313324670.
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