They Gave Him a Gun (1937)

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Jimmy is drafted and ends up in Fred's troop on his way to Europe. Jimmy becomes vicious with his gun, wins a medal, and weds Fred's nurse girlfriend, Rose. Back home years later, Rose ... See full summary »



  • Spencer Tracy, Gladys George, and Joan Woodbury in They Gave Him a Gun (1937)
  • Spencer Tracy in They Gave Him a Gun (1937)
  • Spencer Tracy and Franchot Tone in They Gave Him a Gun (1937)
  • Spencer Tracy, Gladys George, and Franchot Tone in They Gave Him a Gun (1937)
  • Spencer Tracy, Gladys George, and Franchot Tone in They Gave Him a Gun (1937)

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13 October 2015 | blanche-2
| Not great but miscasting makes it worse
Franchot Tone gets into trouble when "They Gave Him a Gun" in this 1937 film, also starring Spencer Tracy and Gladys George.

Fred and Jimmy (Tracy and Tone) meet during World War I when they are both in the service. When Jimmy is injured and hospitalized and Fred visits, they both fall for Jimmy's nurse Rose (George).

Fred is captured by the enemy and presumed dead. When he returns, he realizes that Rose and Jimmy are an item, so he bows out.

Some time later, Fred meets Jimmy in New York and realizes that he's part of organized crime, but Rose is unaware of it. Jimmy winds up in prison, and, realizing that Rose tipped off the cops, his guys come after her. Fred spirits her away to work with him in the circus.

Predictable film with good performances by Tracy and Tone. Gladys George is dreadfully miscast. She was a very good actress but this was the wrong role for her. The part should have gone to a pretty ingénue with sass. They got the sass right but not the rest of it. Maureen O'Sullivan, Diana Lewis, Jean Parker, for instance, was under contract and would have been fine. How could Gladys George not know her husband was a gangster?

W.S. Van Dyke aka "One Shot Willy" directed and does a few interesting things. For the most part, this is a typical '30s film that Warner Brothers would have made. Really doesn't look like an MGM movie at all.

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