What Price Glory?

  • 1952
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy, War

A rare misfire from director John Ford, this is a remake of Raoul Walsh's classic 1926 film version of Maxwell Anderson and Laurence Stallings' popular stage play. The story is familiar: It is WW I, and Captain Flagg (James Cagney) and Sergeant Quirt (Dan Dailey) are stationed in France, assigned to take a company of old men and young boys from a small...read more

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A rare misfire from director John Ford, this is a remake of Raoul Walsh's classic 1926 film version of Maxwell Anderson and Laurence Stallings' popular stage play. The story is familiar: It is WW I, and Captain Flagg (James Cagney) and Sergeant Quirt (Dan Dailey) are stationed in France,

assigned to take a company of old men and young boys from a small French village to the brutal reality of war in the trenches. In addition to battling German forces, Flagg and Quirt must fight one another for the attentions of Charmaine (Corinne Calvet), the pretty daughter of a French innkeeper.

Although studio chiefs wanted Ford to make this new version of WHAT PRICE GLORY? a musical, the director more or less ignored their orders (there are a few musical numbers at the beginning, though) and concentrated instead on the broad humor of the material. While the performances from the leads

are entertaining, the resulting film--on a purely visual level--is more than a little weird, with Ford making interesting use of the highly artificial sets and color schemes that had been designed for a musical then stripped of their raison d'etre. The effect is dreamlike and slightly surreal,

but, because of Ford's apparent lack of interest in the material, the movie never rises above the level of a fascinating failure.

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  • Review: A rare misfire from director John Ford, this is a remake of Raoul Walsh's classic 1926 film version of Maxwell Anderson and Laurence Stallings' popular stage play. The story is familiar: It is WW I, and Captain Flagg (James Cagney) and Sergeant Quirt (Dan… (more)

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