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What Price Glory(1952)

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  • What Price Glory (1952)

    • Kuklapolitan
    • 7/8/13

    While the original is reviewed by TMC, never having seen it, I cannot review that film. Having just seen the 1952 re-make of the movie, that, then, is the film herein reviewed.Anticipating a solid John Ford film starring Jimmy Cagney and Dan Dailey it must be noted that the stars chosen for this version were asked to do so for a musical film and not a half-baked comedic drama. Ford was not originally slated to direct this version! Because of the change and because Ford did not want to continue with the story as a musical this version is consequently neither a musical or a drama although it retains several songs entwined into the story line and sung by Corinne Calvet. Both of these fine actors would have given solid dramatic performances but it seems the screenplay was never changed and it comes off as a kind of comedic story that has no rhyme or reason nor is it actually comical! Using WW I as a backdrop the relationship between the two leads makes little sense and neither does their relationship with Ms. Calvet! The rivalry for her affections is too silly to imagine because of Cagney's age and demeanor. It is no more than a light piece of fluff that does not serve anyone in the cast or crew well. Even a stellar supporting cast cannot do anything to save it and the talents of William Demarest, James Gleason, Marisa Pavan a young Robert Wagner and many others does nothing to save it. I cannot recommend this film is any way and I'm sorry I can't. I always look forward to a John Ford, Jimmy Cagney or Dan Dailey performance and when given the right script...all are masters at their trade. I am shocked that Ford did not call for the script changes needed for this movie to gel because it might have been a pretty solid drama.

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    • Ralph L. Pineda
    • 7/7/13

    A truly underrated and under appreciated film. Beautifully photographed and so well acted by Dan Dailey, and the always superb James Cagney. So many memorable scenes. Especially Cagney's "hit me harder". Genius blend of comedy, drama and servicemen commaradity.

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    • James Higgins
    • 2/21/10

    Fair John Ford war movie, some of the art direction is excellent, but there is really nothing special about the film. James Cagney is good as always, but he isn't very memorable, nor is the film. It lacks period detail and has an abominably poor performance from Robert Wagner. Good score though.

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