The Glory Guys (1965)

The Glory Guys (1965)  screenplay was written by Sam Peckinpah and directed by Arnold Laven.  Laven spent more than 30 years as a director of episodic television, the main stay of his career.  He got his start during World War II in the U.S. Army’s First Motion Picture Unit.

The Glory Guys (1965)

The Glory Guys (1965)

The movie is fictionalized Western based on Custer’s last stand. It covers the enlistment, training, and deployment of a group of raw recruits. Captain Demas Harrod (Tom Tryon) and Sgt. James Gregory (Slim Pickens) work hard to whip a group of recruits —including Pvt. Anthony Dugan (James Caan) and Pvt. Martin Hale (Michael Anderson Jr.)– into fighting shape. There is even a love triangle between scout Sol Rogers (Harve Presnell), Lou Woddard (Senta Berger) and Captain Harrod.

Glory Guys was another one of those movies that I loved as a kid, but watching it now I find it to fall a little flat. Laven must have gained some skill from the Army in creating patriotic feelings. There are several scenes that really pull at that string.

“Your G Company, 3th Cavalry United States Army, so by God look like it!”

06/10—-There are a couple classic scenes– If you like westerns, it’s a must see