What Price Glory (1952)

What Price Glory (1952)

“It’s a lousy war, kid — but it’s the only one we’ve got.”

During World War I, Captain Flagg (James Stewart) resists marrying his French sweetheart (Corinne Calvert), instead trying to get her hitched to his career-long rival, Sergeant Quirt (Dan Dailey). Meanwhile, a handsome young recruit (Robert Wagner) falls for a beautiful local girl (Marisa Pavan), but ongoing battles pull all the men away from their love lives.

Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:

  • Dan Dailey Films
  • James Cagney Films
  • John Ford Films
  • Love Triangle
  • Rivalry
  • Robert Wagner Films
  • World War I Films

John Ford directed this colorful but unsatisfying adaptation of Maxwell Anderson and Laurence Stallings’ play (first made as a silent film by Raoul Walsh in 1926). My sentiments about this film are just about the same as for Walsh’s version, which I was similarly unimpressed with. Cagney and Dailey’s ongoing rivalry takes center stage at the expense of any other narrative hook:

… and Calvert is simply relegated to the role of a beautiful pawn whose only option to make it to Paris is seemingly to marry one of them:

We get to see handsome Wagner and lovely Pavan falling for one another (they even sing a romantic multilingual duet):

… but there’s nothing else to their relationship, either. This one is strictly must-see for Ford completists.

Notable Performances, Qualities, and Moments:

  • Fine cinematography by Joseph MacDonald

Must See?
No; you can skip this one.


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