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Immortal Sergeant (1943)

Immortal Sergeant (1943)

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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.

Cast

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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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.

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