The Real Glory

The Real Glory

Henry Hathaway (1939)

A Certificate


Our Score
One of producer Samuel Goldwyn's expensively impressive pre-war movies, made the same year as his Wuthering Heights, and generally overlooked in that cinematic annus mirabilis of 1939. Intended to be a Spanish-American War rerun of the previously successful Gary Cooper/Henry Hathaway collaboration The Lives of a Bengal Lancer, this Philippines-based saga stints on nothing: the action sequences are particularly well staged and suitably bloody. Only an actor of Cooper's integrity could bring off a character (Dr Bill Canavan) so utterly brilliant at problem-solving, and he does so with aplomb, whether combating cholera or bad guys, or riding down an overflowing river astride a log, hurling dynamite at rebels.


Soldiers of fortune help the US Army quell a terrorist uprising in the Philippines in the aftermath of the Spanish-American War. Adventure, starring Gary Cooper, David Niven and Broderick Crawford.

Cast & Crew

Dr Bill Canavan Gary Cooper
Lt Terrence McCool David Niven
Linda Hartley Andrea Leeds
Capt Steve Hartley Reginald Owen
Lt Swede Larson Broderick Crawford
Mabel Manning Kay Johnson
Capt George Manning Russell Hicks
Datu Vladimir Sokkoloff
Padre Rafael Charles Waldron
Colonel Hatch Roy Gordon
Miguel Benny Inocencio
General Henry Kolker
Director Henry Hathaway
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: United Artists Corp. LtdAvailable on: video