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They Died with Their Boots On (1941)

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140 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

A highly fictionalized account of the life of George Armstrong Custer from his arrival at West Point in 1857 to his death at the battle of the Little Big Horn in 1876. He has little discipline at the academy but is prepared to stand up to ...See moreA highly fictionalized account of the life of George Armstrong Custer from his arrival at West Point in 1857 to his death at the battle of the Little Big Horn in 1876. He has little discipline at the academy but is prepared to stand up to the senior cadet, Ned Sharp, who makes his life miserable. While there he catches the eye of the commandant, Col. (later General) Phil Sheridan and also meets his future bride, Elizabeth Bacon. Graduating early due to the Civil War, it is only through a chance meeting with General Winfield Scott that he finally gets assigned to a cavalry regiment. He served with distinction during the war and when he is promoted to Brigadier General in error, he leads his troops in a decisive victory. He has little to do after the war turning down lucrative positions in private industry and it's his wife who arranges with Gen. Scott for him to be appointed a Lt. Colonel and given command of the 7th Cavalry. He is depicted as a friend of the Indians who will fight for injustice, in the form of his old nemesis Ned Sharp who is taking advantage of them and trying to provoke a war with his own financial gain in mind. Custer died in the the now famous battle on June 25, 1876 at the age of 36. Written by garykmcd See less
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Wally Kline (original screenplay) | ├ćneas MacKenzie (original screenplay)
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$ 2,200,000
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Jan 1, 1942 (United States)

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Errol Flynn
George Armstrong Custer George Armstrong Custer   See fewer
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Olivia de Havilland
Elizabeth Bacon Elizabeth Bacon   See fewer
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Arthur Kennedy
Ned Sharp Ned Sharp   See fewer
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Charley Grapewin
California Joe California Joe   See fewer
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Gene Lockhart
Samuel Bacon, Esq. Samuel Bacon, Esq.   See fewer
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Anthony Quinn
Crazy Horse Crazy Horse   See fewer
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Stanley Ridges
Major Romulus Taipe Major Romulus Taipe   See fewer
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John Litel
General Phil Sheridan General Phil Sheridan   See fewer
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Walter Hampden
William Sharp William Sharp   See fewer
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Sydney Greenstreet
Lt. General Winfield Scott Lt. General Winfield Scott   See fewer
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Regis Toomey
Fitzhugh Lee Fitzhugh Lee   See fewer
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G.P. Huntley
Lt. 'Queen's Own' Butler (as George P. Huntley Jr.) Lt. 'Queen's Own' Butler (as George P. Huntley Jr.)   See fewer
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Frank Wilcox
Captain Webb Captain Webb   See fewer
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Joe Sawyer
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Minor Watson
Senator Smith Senator Smith   See fewer
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Irving Bacon
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7th Michigan officer (uncredited) 7th Michigan officer (uncredited)   See fewer
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7.3 / 10 | 5,102 votes