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Although loudmouthed braggart Jerry Plunkett alienates his comrades and officers, Father Duffy, the regimental chaplain, has faith that he'll prove himself in the end.
The poem read at the funeral of the soldiers killed in the dugout is"'Rouge Bouquet" by Joyce Kilmer (portrayed by Jeffrey Lynn). This scene and preceding ones are based on an actual incident in the war, when a German heavy artillery bombardment on March 12, 1918, buried 21 men of the 69th; 14 of the bodies were never recovered.
You know Jerry, you're getting yourself so "well-liked" in this army, that they'd rather machine gun *you* than the *Germans*! It was *bad enough* at Camp Mills, but instead in *improving* you've been getting *worse*!
Jerry Plunkett: Aw, that's what *you* think!
Father Duffy: No, ...
After the fight in camp, one of the 69th soldiers refereed to the Alabama boys as "Razorbacks". Razorbacks are from Arkansas, but a young man from New York could have mixed that up.
Up until 2004, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) had been showing an abbreviated 79-minute version of this film, with a different opening set of 13 cast credits and no end credits. The original 90-minute version has 17 end cast credits and was finally shown on TCM in 2004, although it was shown on its sister station, TNT, in the early 1990s. The IMDb cast order is based on the original movie.
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