Approved | | Drama, War
Truncated adaptation of Stephen Crane's novel about a Civil War Union soldier who stuggles to find the courage to fight in the heat of battle.
At one point in the original script, the Loud Soldier accused Fleming of cowardice. During repeated re-takes, the accusation got to Audie Murphy, who finally accused Bill Mauldin of trying to get at him with the line. Murphy also had trouble admitting that he was a coward in the scene. Finally, Mauldin suggested, "I think Audie is having trouble confessing to a 'Stars and Stripes' [the official US Army newspaper] cartoonist that he ran from battle." John Huston did a hurried re-write so that Mauldin would confess his fear first, prompting Murphy's character to admit to his own feelings.
We're going to give the Rebs a darn good licking today! What are you having for supper tonight?
Union Soldier: Hard tack and sowbelly.
The General: I'll be around if you fix an empty plate. It'd be a great honor!
When the unit first moves out, in the spring of 1862, the fife & drums play "When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again". The melody of that song is from July 1863, and the song was published in September, 1863.