Story is a compact drama, interestingly told, of a lost sunrise patrol on the Libyan desert. It's an intimate study of characters and hardships encountered in the desert.
Story is a compact drama, interestingly told, of a lost sunrise patrol on the Libyan desert. It’s an intimate study of characters and hardships encountered in the desert.There’s the sergeant (Thomas Mitchell), resourceful tactician of the last war and a most inspiring leader for the unit. It’s his influence, after fatal wounding, that drives corporal Henry Fonda on with the remnants of the outfit and transforms Fonda from a self-effacing individual into a determined, confident personality. Desert warfare is vividly displayed, with the little group facing the rigors of forced marches across the sands with limited supplies; and mixing in several engagements against enemy units encountered along the way, including a climactic blasting of a German camp set up in an oasis. Producer-writer Lamar Trotti provides director John M. Stahl with a neatly-woven script [from a novel by John Brophy], and Stahl directs in deft style.
The Immortal Sergeant
20th Century-Fox. Director John M. Stahl; Producer Lamar Trotti; Screenplay Lamar Trotti; Camera Arthur Miller; Editor James B. Clark; Music David Buttolph
(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1943. Running time: 90 MIN.
Henry Fonda Maureen O'Hara Thomas Mitchell Allyn Joslyn Reginald Gardiner