They Gave Him a Gun 1937
They Gave Him a Gun is half war movie, half gangster movie. It’s split about as evenly as can be with the genre switch coming when the date November 11, 1918 floats across the screen at the 46-minute mark of the 94-minute movie. Those 94 minutes unite to show how the Great War changes a small-town “hayseed” from peaceful bookkeeper to cold-blooded killer, and how the lack of greater opportunity in peacetime America kept him killing.

The movie begins in World War I when a young man named Jimmy (Franchot Tone) unexpectedly becomes a hero by killing all the Germans in a machine gun nest. But he is then severely wounded and spends time in a hospital being cared for by a nurse, Rose (Gladys George), with whom he falls in love. But she is really in love with Jimmy's buddy, Fred (Spencer Tracy), a carnival barker. However, when Fred doesn't return from the battlefield, the two think he's been killed (when he was merely captured) and so they make wedding plans. Then when Fred returns he decides to support Jimmy and Rose marrying, even though it breaks his heart. After the war Fred meets up with Jimmy again and discovers that Jimmy is a racketeer who uses his battle skills to commit murder...

Director: W.S. Van Dyke
Cast: Spencer Tracy, Gladys George, Franchot Tone, Edgar Dearing, Mary Treen, Cliff Edwards, Charles Trowbridge, Ernie Alexander, Hooper Atchley, Irving Bacon, Ward Bond
Country: USA
Genre: Crime, Drama, Film-Noir, Romance, War

DVD5 | NTSC 4:3 | 01:34:18 | 4.18 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: none

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