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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 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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| (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 »

Goofs

Although the film takes place in 1942-1943, Camp Pendleton is flying the fifty star (post 1959) flag, not the forty-eight star design, which would have been correct. See more »

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Referenced in Basil Poledouris: His Life and Music (1997) See more »

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Music & Lyrics by Bobby Troup
Performed by Bobby Troup
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Pretty Good After All
11 March 2005 | by Hollywoodcanteen1945See all my reviews

Just watched the video. Chad Everett is in his prime as Jack Connell, a marine officer who has won the Congressional Medal of Honor. This film was made shortly before Viet-Nam exploded into all-out war. a gung-ho tale of a once fearless marine who comes to realize that one's life belongs to themselves as well as those with whom they love. Great acting, realistic action scenes, and an impressive performance by Gene Hackman. Sort of strange how in 1967 Chad Everett was being groomed for"super stardom" and Gene Hackman received 6th billing. Turns out that Hackman would shortly become a mega superstar with Bonnie & Clyde and The French Connection, while Everett's film career was reduced to "B" movies; stardom was his on television however.


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