Immortal Sergeant


Immortal Sergeant

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Though Henry Fonda is top-billed in The Immortal Sergeant, the title character is played by Thomas Mitchell. Set in the Libyan Desert during WW2, the story finds tough but compassionate British Eighth Army sergeant Kelly (Thomas Mitchell) in charge of a 14-man patrol. Kelly's corporal is Colin Spence (Henry Fonda), a shy and retiring Canadian. When the squad becomes lost in the desert, it is the guidance and example of Kelly that brings the timid Spence out of his shell. Kelly ultimately dies, leaving Spence in charge of the surviving soldiers. Applying the lessons learned from the Immortal Sergeant, Spence is able to lead his comrades back to allied lines, becoming a hero in the process. Second-billed Maureen O'Hara plays Spence's sweetheart in a series of gratuitous but effective flashbacks. Immortal Sergeant was based on the novel by John Brophy.


Henry Fonda
as Cpl. Colin Spence
Maureen O'Hara
as Valentine Lee
Thomas Mitchell
as Sgt. Kelly
Allyn Joslyn
as Cassidy
Morton Lowry
as Cottrell
Bob Mascagno
as Specialty Dancer
David Thursby
as Bren Carrier Driver
Guy Kingsford
as Lorry Driver
Italia Denubila
as Specialty Dancer
Bud Geary
as Driver
Gordon Clark
as Soldier
John Whitney
as Soldier
Donald Stuart
as Post Corporal
Frederick Giermann
as German Soldier
Eric Wilton
as Headwaiter
Anthony Marsh
as Assistant Post Corporal
Charles Irwin
as Noncommissioned Man
James Craven
as Noncommissioned Man
John Banner
as German Officer
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  • Sep 12, 2014
    Henry Fonda plays a quiet, unassertive bloke who is gliding through life sort of, when WWll strikes in England. He joins the fight because ... and in the process of war leaves "quiet, unassertive" behind. On the front he remembers fondly the girl he left behind, seen in flashbacks (Maureen O'Hara, as sexy a woman as ever lived) but his reality is the present: enemies trying to kill him, slackers backbiting next to him, and his only friend a tough veteran who gives him the downlow on what's what in life (embodied by Thomas Mitchell in the title role in one of his best roles ever). The timelessness of this tale cannot be overstated, and the director, John M. Stahl, makes the most of the limited budget he had. Worthy.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 23, 2007
    Immortal Sergeant could have been an enormous 40's style war classic were it not for the somewhat disconcerting pace of the film. As released, the action-packed battle sequences are interspersed with prewar flashbacks laden with the angst of a precarious romance. Watching this film is like watching a high performance racecar having to repeatedly creep through 20mph school zones. It distracts from Henry Fonda's outstanding and noteworthy performance. He is, as usual, brilliant in this early role as the introverted and mild mannered Colin Spence who is transformed by his experience as a soldier in World War II. Fonda fans certainly won't be disappointed with this good film that, if edited differently, would have been even better.
    Kevin S Super Reviewer

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