They Gave Him a Gun

They Gave Him a Gun

Director: W.S. Van Dyke Cast: Spencer Tracy, Gladys George, Franchot Tone

DVD (B&W / Full Frame)

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In this WW II era drama, a timid, pacifistic clerk is befriended by a gutsy circus barker while they are in the military. Tensions arise between the friends after they fall for the same woman. The circus man is captured by the Germans and shortly thereafter, the clerk marries the girl. In time, the clerk finds courage he never knew he had and becomes a legendary hero. The war ends, but by the time, the clerk is returned to civilian life, he has come to like killing others. Unable to adjust, he becomes a gangster, something he conceals from his wife. Years pass and he runs into his old friend the circus barker, who has become the owner of his own circus. By this time the gangster's wife has learned of his profession and she teams up with the ringmaster to help straighten him out. When all else fails, she turns him into the cops. To earn money while he serves his time, the woman joins the other man's circus. It's all innocent, but the gangster, having just busted out of prison, doesn't realize this.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/03/2015
UPC: 0888574142599
Original Release: 1937
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:34:00
Sales rank: 50,547

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Spencer Tracy Fred Willis
Gladys George Rose Duffy
Franchot Tone Jimmy Davis
Edgar Dearing Sgt. Meadowlark
Mary Treen Saxe
Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards Laro
Charles Trowbridge Judge
George Chandler Taxi Driver
Gavin Gordon Captain
Joe Sawyer Doyle
Ernest Whitman Roustabout
Joan Woodbury French Girl
Nita Pike Actor

Technical Credits
W.S. Van Dyke Director
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Cyril Hume Screenwriter
Ben Lewis Editor
Richard Maibaum Screenwriter
Harry McAfee Art Director
Harry Rapf Producer
Maurice Rapf Screenwriter
Harold Hal Rosson Cinematographer
Slavko Vorkapich Special Effects
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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