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We've Never Been Licked (1943)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Romance | 30 August 1943 (USA)
WWII morale film for Texas A&M graduates fighting overseas. Young Brad Craig (Langton) enters the military school with a chip on his shoulder which Mitchum and other upperclassmen quickly ... See full summary »

Director:

John Rawlins

Writers:

Norman Reilly Raine (story "The Fighting Sons of Texas A. & M."), Nick Grinde (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Quine ... Brad Craig
Anne Gwynne ... Nina Lambert
Martha O'Driscoll ... Deede Dunham
Noah Beery Jr. ... Cyanide Jenkins
William Frawley ... Traveling Salesman
William Blees William Blees ... Student
Harry Davenport ... Pop Lambert
Edgar Barrier ... Nishikawa
Samuel S. Hinds ... Colonel Jason Craig
Mantan Moreland ... Willie
Moroni Olsen ... Commandant
Roland Got Roland Got ... Matsui
Allen Jung ... Kubo
Robert Mitchum ... Panhandle Mitchell (as Bob Mitchum)
Alfredo DeSa Alfredo DeSa ... Fortuno Tavares
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WWII morale film for Texas A&M graduates fighting overseas. Young Brad Craig (Langton) enters the military school with a chip on his shoulder which Mitchum and other upperclassmen quickly knock off. Once adjusted, Craig falls in love with a professor's beautiful daughter, only to find she is in love with his roommate, played by Noah Beery. In the meantime, Craig associates with Japanese spies (including William Frawley of "I Love Lucy") bent on stealing a secret chemical compound being worked on a the University. But is he one of them, or a double agent for his country? Written by Scot Kibbe <scot.kibbe@capitol.tlc.texas.gov>

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UNCLE SAM LEADS THE WAY! (original poster-all caps) See more »

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Action | Drama | Romance | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 August 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fighting Command See more »

Filming Locations:

Calabasas, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Fess Parker's first movie. See more »

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This motion picture is dedicated to the thousands of Texas A.& M. college students who participated in the making of this picture and who are now serving their country on many battlefronts all over the world. See more »

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Me for You, Forever
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Music by Harry Revel
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
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Morale film for A & M cadets
20 August 2018 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

During WWII, Hollywood made tons of "variety show" movies for war morale and to entertain the soldiers. We've Never Been Licked was a film dedicated to one particular school, Texas A & M, that produced thousands of marines. The film used authentic extras and was partially filmed on location, and the opening dedication was very moving: "This motion picture is dedicated to the thousands of Texas A.& M. college students who participated in the making of this picture and who are now serving their country on many battlefronts all over the world."

But onto the story: Richard Quine plays a new cadet at A & M. He quickly bonds with his roommate, Noah Beery, Jr., clashes with upperclassman Robert Mitchum, and falls in love with Anne Gwynne, Professor Harry Davenport's daughter. There's more to the school than meets the eye, though. It seems that every cadet is in love with Anne, and Bob continually comes up with little tricks and hazes to get under Dick's skin.

This isn't a movie you'll watch for the acting or the battle scenes; this is a movie you'll watch if you're attached to the campus, or if you're really dedicated to watching lots of morale flicks. Non-Aggies might get a little tired of the school spirit, but if you remind yourself of the words in the beginning, you'll understand why Hollywood made this movie.


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