First To Fight (1967)

97 mins | Drama | 1967

Director:

Christian Nyby

Writer:

Gene L. Coon

Cinematographer:

Harold Wellman

Editor:

George Rohrs

Production Designer:

Art Loel

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures Corp.
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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

DETAILS
Premiere Information:
Charlotte, North Carolina, opening: 25 January 1967
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
25 February 1967
Copyright Number:
LP36584
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Technicolor
Widescreen/ratio
Panavision
Duration(in mins):
97
Country:
United States
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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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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