What Price Glory?

What Price Glory?

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Director: John Ford

Cast: James Cagney, Dan Dailey, Corinne Calvet


Another entry into the "Fox War Classics" series, director John Ford's World War I drama offers James Cagney and Dan Dailey as a pair of marines stationed in France who find themselves locked in a comic love triangle. Presented in 1.33:1 full-frame and offering audio rendered in closed-captioned English Dolby Digital Stereo, this release also offers alternate…  See more details below


Another entry into the "Fox War Classics" series, director John Ford's World War I drama offers James Cagney and Dan Dailey as a pair of marines stationed in France who find themselves locked in a comic love triangle. Presented in 1.33:1 full-frame and offering audio rendered in closed-captioned English Dolby Digital Stereo, this release also offers alternate closed-captioned English Dolby Digital Mono and Spanish Dolby Digital Mono audio with optional English and Spanish subtitles.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The idea of making a musical out of What Price Glory? -- as was the original intent -- is very strange, but it might have made for a more interesting film. Director John Ford rebelled against the idea (although there are a few brief musical moments that remain in the finished product), but he didn't come up with a fresh new take on the material that justified remaking it in the first place. Instead, Ford has diminished a great deal of the original's anti-war message, leaving a war-based comedy about two bickering rivals who vie for the affection of both the men under their command and the woman of whom they would like to take command. Unfortunately, the comedy is hardly as fresh as it needs to be, and it doesn't mesh with the more serious segments that deal directly with the war, giving the film a somewhat schizophrenic feeling. Shooting almost entirely on a soundstage, Ford isn't able to indulge his penchant for sweeping vistas and Glory thus feels rather cramped. What Glory does have working in its favor is its cast, led by the friendly (and sometimes not-so-friendly) brawling of James Cagney and Dan Dailey, who evince a positively bracing chemistry. Cagney is occasionally a trifle over the top, but endearingly so, and he and Dailey provide a great deal of energy that helps propel the film forward. A very young Robert Wagner is quite good (except when forced to utter the line which gives the film its title), Corinne Calvet possesses looks that make one immediately understand the ardor with which she is suited, and William Demarest and James Gleason add valuable color. What Price Glory? misses the mark quite often, but its cast helps to redeem its missteps.

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20th Century Fox
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[Full Frame]
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Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Cagney Capt. Flagg
Dan Dailey Sgt. Quirt
Corinne Calvet Charmaine
William Demarest Corporal Kiper
Craig Hill Lt. Aldrich
Robert Wagner Lewisohn
Marisa Pavan Nicole Bouchard
Casey Adams Lt. Moore
James Gleason Gen. Cokely
Wally Vernon Lipinsky
Henri Letondal Cognac Pete
Fred Libby Lt. Schmidt
Ray Hyke Mulcahy
Paul Fix Gowdy
James Lilburn Young soldier
Danny Borzage Gilbert
Henry Kulky Company cook
Jack Pennick Ferguson
Stanley E. Johnson Lt. Cunningham
Ann Codee Nun
Tom Tyler Capt. Davis
Barry Norton Priest
Luis Alberni The Great Uncle
Torben Meyer Mayor
Alfred Zeisler English colonel
George Bruggeman English lieutenant
Scott Forbes Lt. Bennett
Sean McClory Lt. Austin
Charles Fitzsimmons Capt. Wickham
Louis Mercier Bouchard
Mickey Simpson Military policeman
Paul Guilfoyle Actor
William Henry Holsen
Henry Morgan Sgt. Moran
Peter Ortiz Actor
Ed Begley Actor

Technical Credits
John Ford Director
Billy Daniel Choreography
George W. Davis Set Decoration/Design
Henry Ephron Screenwriter
Phoebe Ephron Screenwriter
Charles LeMaire Costumes/Costume Designer
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Joe MacDonald Cinematographer
Alfred Newman Score Composer
Ben Nye Makeup
Stuart A. Reiss Set Decoration/Design
Sol C. Siegel Producer
Dorothy Spencer Editor
Edward Stevenson Costumes/Costume Designer
Lyle Wheeler Art Director

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles [2:32]
2. France, 1918 [3:52]
3. A Quiet French Tavern [4:53]
4. But We're Allies! [1:15]
5. Lillian's Maiden Name [2:53]
6. A Citizen's Army [1:06]
7. The New Top Soldier [:40]
8. Drilling the Troops [8:35]
9. Who'd Do My Laundry? [2:55]
10. All For You [2:17]
11. Marriage, Money and a Marine [1:24]
12. Here Come the Grooms & Marines [2:28]
13. Those Left Behind [8:45]
14. Bring Me an Officer! [4:10]
15. What Price Glory? [6:55]
16. It's the Same in English [6:17]
17. Men of Their Hearts [1:24]
18. Drunken Challenges [3:11]
19. What are the Chances? [2:41]
20. The Big Push [14:22]

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What Price Glory? 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Ochenta More than 1 year ago
This is by far the best war movie ever made. Note that I said the "best" and not the "greatest" or " most dramatic" or most bloody" or any other of many such possible statements I could have used. Just the "best" war movie ever made. Cagney, Daily and the rest of the cast give a wonderful performance of a very well written story which catches for all time the essence of the pre-World War II United States Marine Corps. But it, put it on and set back and watch some of greatest actors that ever lived at work. I guarantee you will enjoy every minute of it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'What Price Glory' is a World War I lover's triangle set against the ravaged backdrop of French countryside circa, 1918. Drama aside, the film is not what one might expect from the directorial giant likes of John Ford. James Cagney is a bit over the hill to be believable as Capt. Flagg, a stoic commander of a motley troupe of conscripts. Flagg's ill-at-ease postulating does not bode well with his men, so he turns to disrespectful and disreputable Sgt. Quirt (Dan Dailey) for a little bit of hard knock military strength. But the tensions between Flagg and Quirt are pressed to the breaking point when they both fall for the same girl, Charmaine (Corrine Calvert) - stop me if you've heard this one before. Strong performances elevate this film above the tripe that - generally - it is. The transfer is not up to snuff. Although the overall color scheme has retained much of its original luster, the picture quality is a disappointment. There is an excessive amount of film grain and age related artifacts throughout for a not very smooth visual presentation. Fluctuations in color balancing are - at times - severe and distracting. There is a minor amount of digital grit that further detracts from the image. Black levels are weak. Contrast and shadow delineation is poorly balanced for a very unstable looking presentation. The audio has been cleaned up but remains strident sounding and lacking in bass. As with the other war films in this batch from Fox, you get nothing to augment your experience. 'What Price Glory' isn't recommended either as a war film, or for its transfer quality. Seek satisfying your thirst for conquest elsewhere.