They Died with Their Boots On (1-Jan-1942)
Director: Raoul Walsh
Writers: Wally Kline; Aeneas MacKenzie
Music by: Max Steiner
Keywords: Western, Biography
George Armstrong Custer is nearly expelled from West Point, fights in the Civil War, and meets his end at the Battle of the Little Big Horn. A rousing adventure tempered only slightly by a love story; it is the most significant and remembered portrayal of Custer in the history of cinema, albeit one in which nearly every historical detail is fabricated or omitted. Final pairing of Flynn and De Havilland.
Review by John Levin (posted on 23-Sep-2007)
While not the most factual version of the Custer story, Errol Flynn was ideal for the role aside from his Aussie twang. This was the first of eight Flynn-Raoul Walsh collaborations and one of the best.
There are two major set-pieces: one with Arthur Kennedy as a gunrunner for the Indians and the other when he says goodbye to his wife played by Olivia Dehavilland.In retrospect, their last scene together is especially poignant since it would be the last of their eight pairings on film.
A rousing effort and unforgettable in its own way.
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