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      They Gave Him a Gun

      1937 1h 34m Drama List
      Reviews 25% Audience Score 50+ Ratings While serving in World War I, mild-mannered Jimmy (Franchot Tone) strikes up an unlikely friendship with outspoken Fred (Spencer Tracy), but an Army nurse named Rose (Gladys George) comes between them. While Fred ends up in a POW camp, Jimmy makes a courageous turn in battle, thus winning Rose's love. Unfortunately, after the war ends, Jimmy still yearns for the thrill of combat. Without an outlet, it isn't long before he willingly enters the seedy criminal underbelly of New York City. Read More Read Less

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      Meyer Levin (Patterson Murphy) Esquire Magazine Van Dyke's usual concise, hard-hitting direction. Apr 21, 2020 Full Review Ann Ross Maclean's Magazine Fairly exciting, but it needs compression. Oct 3, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Interesting pacifist film made on the eve of World War II. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Interesting pacifist film made on the eve of World War II. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member classic b/w gangster film. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis While serving in World War I, mild-mannered Jimmy (Franchot Tone) strikes up an unlikely friendship with outspoken Fred (Spencer Tracy), but an Army nurse named Rose (Gladys George) comes between them. While Fred ends up in a POW camp, Jimmy makes a courageous turn in battle, thus winning Rose's love. Unfortunately, after the war ends, Jimmy still yearns for the thrill of combat. Without an outlet, it isn't long before he willingly enters the seedy criminal underbelly of New York City.
      Director
      W. S. Van Dyke II
      Producer
      Harry Rapf
      Production Co
      Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (DVD)
      Feb 3, 2015
      Runtime
      1h 34m