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Sergeant "Hap" Doan, heartbroken that the Nineteenth Cavalry, in which he has served for so many years, is to be mechanized and replenished with twenty recent draftees, goes on a drinking spree. He rails about leaving the Army, but is there when the draftees arrive, ready to make good soldiers out of them. When his horse, Cantigny, is killed by the explosion of a tank that had been sabotaged by Nazi-agents, he goes AWOL, and is court-martialed upon his return and given a dishonorable discharge. But he is under secret orders from his Commanding Officer to join the gang of German spies, who have every reason to believe they can trust the disgruntled ex-sergeant..Written by
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Saw this a while back on the usual TV channel, and enjoyed it very much. In terms of quality, it's maybe a 2.5, but it rates a 5, at least, for historical interest. From the tommygun scabbard on Beery's horse, to the officer(?) telling the recruits that the 37mm popgun will take out any tank in the world, to the fact that the villainous spy/saboteurs have risible "German" accents but are never identified ass such, this is a perfect "Preparedness Era" (between September, 1939 and December 7, 1941) movie. Watch it for what it is; don't criticize it for what it never could have been.
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