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Immortal Sergeant

Cornball war movie (1943) with Henry Fonda as a meek corporal forced to take command of his platoon in the Libyan desert. Maureen O'Hara plays his lover back home, seen in a series of stilted flashbacks, and Thomas Mitchell is the platoon's trusty Irish sergeant, who's killed in action but lingers on in Fonda's head giving tactical advice. To the end of his life, Fonda numbered this Fox release among his worst films, though his spite was motivated partly by the fact that he delayed his own enlistment in the navy to finish the picture for studio head Darryl F. Zanuck. John M. Stahl directed. 90 min.

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