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First to Fight (1967)

| Drama, War | 21 May 1967 (UK)
In WW2, highly decorated Marine Sgt. Jack Connell comes home to the USA from the Pacific War and trains recruits for the army until his fighting spirit prods him to request a return to active duty on the front lines.

Director:

Christian Nyby

Writer:

Gene L. Coon
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Cast

Cast overview:
Chad Everett ... Sgt. Jack Connell
Marilyn Devin ... Peggy Sanford
Dean Jagger ... Lt. Col. E.J. Baseman
Bobby Troup ... Lt. Overman
Claude Akins ... Capt. Mason
Gene Hackman ... Sgt. Tweed
James Best ... Gunnery Sgt. Ed Carnavan
Norman Alden ... Sgt. Schmidtmer
Bobs Watson ... Sgt. Maypole
Ken Swofford ... O'Brien
Ray Reese Ray Reese ... Hawkins
Garry Goodgion Garry Goodgion ... Karl
Robert Austin Robert Austin ... Adams
Clint Ritchie ... Sgt. Slater
Stephen Roberts Stephen Roberts ... Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt
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Storyline

Jack is the sole survivor of a Japanese attack on his squad at Guadalcanal. Because of his heroism and the fact that he is still alive, he becomes a Medal of Honor hero. He returns to train new recruits for the Marines and falls for a girl named Peggy. When training and marriage leave him with an empty feeling, he decides on a transfer back to the front lines. Soon he will find that marriage and life will change his outlook on the grueling battles that lie ahead. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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The blockbusting story of a fighting marine that comes mortar-screaming out of green hells and jungles!

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Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 May 1967 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Chef de patrouille See more »

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Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Chad Everett and Claude Akins also appeared together in Claudelle Inglish (1961), The Dakotas : The Chooser of the Slain (1963) and Medical Center : Time of Darkness (1973). See more »

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The TWA airliner that is shown flying the men around the country is a Martin 404, which was not introduced into TWA's fleet until July 1951, six years after the war ended. See more »

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Features Casablanca (1942) See more »

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Music & Lyrics by Bobby Troup
Performed by Bobby Troup
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Some scenes were filmed at 2d Infantry Training Regiment, Camp Pendleton
2 April 2004 | by nek3387See all my reviews

I've always had a warm spot in my heart for this "B" movie because I watched some of it being made and some scenes were shot immediately in front of the quonset hut in which I lived at that time, at the Second Infantry Training Regiment, San Onofre area, Camp Pendleton, where I was stationed in the training section. It was pretty neat to watch and is the only movie I've ever seen "made" and I had the pleasure of driving Chad Everett and Dean Jagger around in a Jeep for two or three days. (Some other lucky Marine got to drive the heroine!) I got Chad Everett's autograph, but way back then he wasn't as famous as he would be later.

The movie itself is pretty good - but I'm favorably prejudiced toward any USMC movie!


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