What Price Glory (John Ford, 1952)

“John Ford was extremely kind with me…! He could have been a father. He used to take me in his arms and cuddle me as if I were a fragile bird.”

Marisa Pavan Aumont

Soumoy, Margaux. “Drop the Baby; Put a Veil on the Broad!” – Marisa Pavan’s Story, FriesenPress, 2021, p. 63

Charming mix of European accents

Nicole meets Private Lewisohn for their first little date.


Bar-le-Duc, 1918

An army of American veterans led by Captain Flagg arrives in France to fight the enemy. It doesn’t take long for Flagg to fall in love with Charmaine, the daughter of one of the village’s innkeepers. War administration is such for Flagg that Sergeant Quirt manages to get involved in a loving trio that will eventually turn into a mess. As a matter of fact, love is truly in the air, as Private Lewisohn also falls for the charms of schoolgirl Nicole Bouchard. What will triumph? The love for a woman, the love for duty, the harsh reality of war…? All three of them? Or none?

Laurence Stallings’s letter to Darryl F. Zanuck


Author: Margaux Soumoy


What Price Glory

Directed by: John Ford

Release Dates: 25 July 1952 (Atlantic City, New Jersey (premiere)), 15 August 1952 (Los Angeles, California), 22 August 1952 (New York City, New York)

Screen Play: Phoebe and Henry Ephron

Origin: Maxwell Anderson and Laurence Stallings’ play What Price Glory?

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Musical

Cast: James Cagney (Capt. Flagg), Corinne Calvet (Charmaine), Dan Dailey (1st Sgt. Quirt), William Demarest (Cpl. Kiper), Craig Hill (Lt. Aldrich), Robert Wagner (Pvt. Lewisohn), Marisa Pavan (Nicole Bouchard), Max Showalter as Casey Adams (Lt. Moore), James Gleason (Gen. Cokely), Wally Vernon (Lipinsky), Henri Letondal (Cognac Pete)

Crew: Sol C. Siegel (Produced by), Alfred Newman (Music), Jay Livingston and Ray Evans (Song My Love, My Life), Joseph MacDonald as Joe MacDonald (Director of Photography), Dorothy Spencer (Film Editor), Lyle R. Wheeler as Lyle Wheeler and George W. Davis (Art Direction), Thomas Little and Stuart A. Reiss as Stuart Reiss (Set Decorations), Edward Stevenson (Costumes Designed by), Ben Nye (Makeup Artist), Winston H. Leverett as Winston Leverett and Roger Heman Sr. as Roger Heman (Sound), Ray Kellogg (Special Photographic Effects), Charles Le Maire (Wardrobe Direction), Edward B. Powell as Edward Powell (Orchestration), Billy Daniel (Dances Staged by), Leonard Doss (Technicolor Color Consultant)

Technical details

Production company: Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation

Country: USA

Filming Locations: Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, 20th Century Fox Studios

Filming Dates: December 1951

Languages: English, French

Release Dates: 6 February 1953 (France)(limited), 16 March 1953 (Sweden), 1 May 1953 (Japan), 5 June 1953 (Finland), 10 July 1953 (Australia), 31 October 1955 (Portugal), 22 June 1964 (Denmark)

Also Known As (AKA)Deux durs à cuire (Belgium (French title)), Twee voorvechters (Belgium (Flemish title)), Sangue por Glória (Brazil), What Price Glory (Canada (English title)), Kaptajnen, sergenten og Charmaine (Denmark), Au service de la gloire (France (alternative title)), Deux durs à cuire (France), Doxasmenoi pezonaftes (Greece), Uomini alla ventura (Italy), 栄光何するものぞ (Japan (Japanese title)), O Preço da Glória (Portugal), Glorie cu ce pret(Romania (literal title)), Какова цена славы (Soviet Union (Russian title)), El precio de la gloria (Spain), Kapten Flagg(Sweden), Zaferin bedeli (Turkey (Turkish title)), What Price Glory (UK), Hombres a la aventura (Venezuela)

Runtime: 111min

Sound Mix: Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color: Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1

Laboratory: Technicolor

Film Length: (11 reels)

Negative Format: 35mm

Cinematographic Process: Spherical

Printed Film Format: 35mm

DVD of the film found on eBay by Margaux Soumoy

© 2004 Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Inc.

DVD distributed under license from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Inc.

Series: Fox War Classics

Pseudonym of the seller: inetvideo-canada

Source of the DVD: Montreal (Canada)

Shipping service: Canada Post Regular Parcel

Date: 20 May 2017