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Soldiers Three

Soldiers Three(1951)

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The opening title card reads, "Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents Rudyard Kipling's Soldiers Three." Although the screen credits read "Suggested by the Rudyard Kipling Stories," the central story of the three brawling soldiers most closely resembles the plot of the 1939 RKO Radio film Gunga Din, which was inspired by Kipling's poem of the same name. That film was directed by George Stevens, and starred Cary Grant, Victor McLaglen and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40.) Soldiers Three has no character similar to "Gunga Din," however, and the three main characters are privates rather than sergeants. Robert Coote, who portrayed "Major Mercer" in Soldiers Three, also appeared in Gunga Din, but in a different role. Kipling's poem also inspired the 1962 M-G-M production Sergeants 3, which was set on the American frontier. That film was directed by John Sturges and starred Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Peter Lawford and Sammy Davis, Jr. (See AFI Catalog of Feature Film, 1961-70.) Although a news item includes Keith McConnell in the cast, his appearance in the released film has not been confirmed.