First To Fight (1967)

97 mins | Drama | 25 January 1967

Director:

Christian Nyby

Writer:

Gene L. Coon

Cinematographer:

Harold Wellman

Editor:

George Rohrs

Production Designer:

Art Loel

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures
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HISTORY

Battle scenes staged at Camp Pendleton Marine Base, Oceanside, California, and in the San Fernando Valley at the Bell Ranch and Africa, U.S.A. Scenes from Casablanca (1942) are included in the ... More Less

Battle scenes staged at Camp Pendleton Marine Base, Oceanside, California, and in the San Fernando Valley at the Bell Ranch and Africa, U.S.A. Scenes from Casablanca (1942) are included in the film. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
29 Oct 1965
p. 2.
Daily Variety
17 Mar 1966
p. 3.
Daily Variety
15 Apr 1966
p. 4.
Daily Variety
7 Jul 1966
p. 10.
Daily Variety
15 Jul 1966
p. 7.
Daily Variety
21 Jul 1966
p. 4.
Daily Variety
27 Jul 1966
p. 2.
Daily Variety
28 Jul 1966
p. 2.
Daily Variety
28 Jul 1966
p. 4.
Daily Variety
4 Aug 1966
p. 4.
Daily Variety
10 Aug 1966
p. 7.
Daily Variety
11 Aug 1966
p. 2.
Daily Variety
15 Aug 1966
p. 7.
Daily Variety
24 Aug 1966
p. 4.
Daily Variety
25 Aug 1966
p. 4.
Daily Variety
26 Aug 1966
p. 6.
Daily Variety
29 Aug 1966
p. 4.
Daily Variety
7 Sep 1966
p. 3.
Daily Variety
19 Jan 1967
p. 3.
Los Angeles Times
22 Jul 1966
Section C, p. 12.
Los Angeles Times
18 Aug 1966
Section A, p. 10.
New York Times
30 Mar 1967.
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Variety
10 Aug 1966
p. 26.
DETAILS
Release Date:
25 January 1967
Premiere Information:
Charlotte, North Carolina, opening: 25 January 1967
New York opening: 29 March 1967
Production Date:
began 14 July 1966
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures
Copyright Date:
25 February 1967
Copyright Number:
LP36584
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Technicolor
Widescreen/ratio
Panavision
Duration(in mins):
97
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

After distinguishing himself in combat on Guadalcanal, Marine Sgt. Jack Connell is called back to Washington, D. C., to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor. While on a warbond selling tour, he falls in love with Peggy Sanford, a public relations woman. Peggy, whose fiancé was killed in the war, initially resists Jack's advances, but she agrees to marry him when he promises not to volunteer for active duty. For a time, Jack is content to live on an Army base with Peggy and train raw recruits for combat; but he begins to think of himself as a slacker when news comes that an old buddy has been killed on Bougainville. Sensing the change in her husband, Peggy releases him from his promise, and he accepts orders to return to the Pacific. On his first mission, he freezes under fire and becomes too terrified to fight. Gradually, however, he overcomes his fear, and once more he takes a firm command over his men and leads them in a raid against a Japanese island ... +


After distinguishing himself in combat on Guadalcanal, Marine Sgt. Jack Connell is called back to Washington, D. C., to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor. While on a warbond selling tour, he falls in love with Peggy Sanford, a public relations woman. Peggy, whose fiancé was killed in the war, initially resists Jack's advances, but she agrees to marry him when he promises not to volunteer for active duty. For a time, Jack is content to live on an Army base with Peggy and train raw recruits for combat; but he begins to think of himself as a slacker when news comes that an old buddy has been killed on Bougainville. Sensing the change in her husband, Peggy releases him from his promise, and he accepts orders to return to the Pacific. On his first mission, he freezes under fire and becomes too terrified to fight. Gradually, however, he overcomes his fear, and once more he takes a firm command over his men and leads them in a raid against a Japanese island stronghold. +

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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