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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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Theatrical Trailer; Fox Flix: Back Door To Hell, Decision Before Dawn, Destination Gobi, & You're In The Navy Now
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A so-so wartime propaganda film, The Immortal Sergeant is not itself destined for immortality. Indeed, despite the presence of Henry Fonda in the lead, Immortal is a fairly forgotten film today, and not without reason. While not a bad film, it's a very dated one, and a film that many modern viewers will find corny. Audiences in 1943 would have responded differently, finding it a morale booster that reminded them of the important role one man can play in a difficult situation, especially during a war. But even 1943 audiences might have found the picture to be overly clich├ęd and quite predictable. Director John M. Stahl does, however, deliver the goods in terms of keeping the action sequences exciting, and he even manages to inject some genuinely moving moments into the proceedings: the sharing of the last cigarette sequence, for example, hits its target quite truly. Immortal's biggest asset, however, is Fonda. The actor apparently did not like the role, but one would never know it from his performance. He gives the part all the quiet strength and conviction that one could wish. Thomas Mitchell, in the title role, is also quite good, and the supporting cast does its job more than capably.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/23/2006
  • UPC: 024543238911
  • Original Release: 1943
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Henry Fonda Cpl. Colin Spence
Maureen O'Hara Valentine
Thomas Mitchell Sgt. Kelly
Allyn Joslyn Cassidy
Reginald Gardiner Benedict
Melville Cooper Pilcher
Bramwell Fletcher Symes
Morton Lowry Cottrell
Bob Mascagno Specialty Dancer
Italia Denubila Specialty Dancer
Sam Waagenaar German
John Banner German Officer
Wilson Benge Waiter
James Craven Noncommissioned Man
Bud Geary Driver
Frederick Giermann German Soldier
Henry Guttman Soldier
Charles Irwin Non-Commissioned Man
Guy Kingsford Lorry Driver
Peter Lawford Bit Part
Anthony Marsh Assistant Post Corporal
John Meredith Soldier
Donald Stuart Post Corporal
David Thursby Bren Carrier Driver
Leslie Vincent Runner
Hans Von Morhart Soldier
John Whitney Soldier
Eric Wilton Headwaiter
Gordon B. Clark Soldier
Technical Credits
John M. Stahl Director
David Buttolph Score Composer
James B. Clark Editor
Richard Day Art Director
Clyde de Vinna Cinematographer
W.D. Flick Sound/Sound Designer
Roger Heman Sound/Sound Designer
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Earl Luick Costumes/Costume Designer
Arthur C. Miller Cinematographer
Alfred Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Guy Pearce Makeup
Maurice Ransford Art Director
Fred J. Rode Set Decoration/Design
Lamar Trotti Producer, Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Immortal Sergeant
1. Main Titles [1:23]
2. Letters From Home [3:36]
3. Before the War [3:09]
4. Daylight Patrol [3:05]
5. Worst Table in the House [4:35]
6. Dirty Job [:53]
7. Joe the Waiter [7:44]
8. Lost in the Desert [4:25]
9. Spilt Milk [:42]
10. Engaging the Enemy [2:32]
11. Tight Corner [3:48]
12. Like a Gentleman [5:28]
13. Pushing on... and On [3:11]
14. Real Life [:50]
15. Oasis [2:33]
16. Thinking It Over [4:51]
17. Making a Move [4:24]
18. Food and Water [:50]
19. Real Soldiers [6:24]
20. A New Man [4:09]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Immortal Sergeant
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   Language Selection
      Language and Audio: English Mono
      Language and Audio: English Stereo
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Theatrical Trailer
      Fox Flix: Back Door to Hell
      Fox Flix: Decision Before Dawn
      Fox Flix: Destination Gobi
      Fox Flix: You're in the Navy Now
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A True Classic

    Fonda was a consumate actor and like other great movies of his career this followed suit. With a top notch supporting cast, the movie is sure to please.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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