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Het Heldhaftig avontuur (1939)

The Real Glory (original title)
A small American contingent tries to train rural tribesmen to defend themselves against fanatical Muslim radicals in 1906 Philippines.

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Henry Hathaway

Writers:

Jo Swerling (screenplay), Robert Presnell Sr. (screenplay) (as Robert R. Presnell) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Gary Cooper ... Doctor Bill Canavan
David Niven ... Lieut. Terence McCool
Andrea Leeds ... Linda Hartley
Reginald Owen ... Capt. Steve Hartley
Broderick Crawford ... Lieut.'Swede' Larsen
Kay Johnson ... Mrs. Manning
Russell Hicks ... Capt. George Manning
Vladimir Sokoloff ... The Datu
Benny Inocencio Benny Inocencio ... Miguel
Charles Waldron Charles Waldron ... The Padre
Rudy Robles ... Lieut. Yabo (as Ruby Robles)
Tetsu Komai Tetsu Komai ... Alipang
Roy Gordon Roy Gordon ... Col. Hatch
Henry Kolker ... The General
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In 1906 the American army pulls out of Mindanao leaving a handful of officers to try and get the Philippines Constabulary into shape to protect the native population from ruthless invaders. By reputation and by their exploits the fearless zealots initially strike terror into the local militia but the doctor on the post starts to finds ways to combat this. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Action | History | Romance | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

29 September 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Het Heldhaftig avontuur See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The United States annexed the Philippines in 1898 along with Puerto Rico and Guam. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Bill Canavan: [referring to a sick McCool] The germ hasn't been found that can stop him.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: This picture is dedicated to those heroic men - - - - members of the Philippine Constabulary - - who, 'always outnumbered - - never outfought' - - struggled valiantly to wrest their independence from forces that sought to enslave them - - - -.

Their unfailing courage in the face of untold hardships - - has made possible the great Philippine Commonwealth as we know it today.

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a lesson for modern times
27 June 2006 | by skt171See all my reviews

I had never even heard of this movie until I viewed it today. Thank God for the library's VHS collection. The plot, five US Army officers are tasked to be military advisors in the establishment of the Phillipine constabulary in 1906. Despite the colonel's plea, the war Department has decided US troops will no longer be responsible for protecting the local people because they will never learn to do it themselves if the US Army does it all. Sound familiar to anyone? The enemy are the Moro insurgents, who just happen to be Muslim. They are bent on establishing a Muslim state and are not too particular about how they do it. The movie points out that not all Moros are bad, not all agree with the radicals and some are quite helpful to the advisors. The plot cautions us however not to take everyone at face value. There are traitors in their midst.

I find the lead (Cooper's) character solutions to winning hearts and minds to be fantastic. The guy could have been a role model for counter insurgency. Perhaps he was the first Green Beret. I won't go into his methods, watch them yourself and then think IRAQ. Of course with 24/7 news cycles and instant communication blended with micro-management it is hard to see this happening today. If we had those things back then, well, the course of history in the Phillipines would have been very different.

All in all, an excellent movie with a great cast highlighting an interesting period of US History that is all but forgotten today. It is interesting to think that people who actually participated in the Phillipine Insurrection were still around when it debuted in 1939.


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