The Glory Guys
The Glory Guys is a 1965 American film based on the novel The Dice of God by Hoffman Birney. Filmed by Levy-Gardner-Laven and released by United Artists, it stars Tom Tryon, Harve Presnell, Senta Berger, James Caan, and Michael Anderson, Jr. The film's screenplay was written by Sam Peckinpah long before the 1965 film was made. The director was Arnold Laven. Riz Ortolani composed the score and the title song.
|The Glory Guys|
|Directed by||Arnold Laven|
|Written by||Sam Peckinpah|
Michael Anderson, Jr.
|Music by||Riz Ortolani|
|Cinematography||James Wong Howe|
|Edited by||Tom Rolf|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
Though a fictionalized Western based on George Armstrong Custer's 7th Cavalry Regiment at the Battle of the Little Big Horn, the film is almost a generic war story covering the enlistment, training, and operational deployment of a group of recruits that could take place in any time period. The main plot follows two cavalry soldiers working under the command of a tough General and who fight Plains Indians and fall for the same woman.
The large-scale film was made in Durango, Mexico, with large numbers of mounted extras and the final battle scene choreographed on 20,000 acres (81 km2) of land.
- Tom Tryon as Capt. Demas Harrod
- Harve Presnell as Scout Sol Rogers
- Senta Berger as Lou Woddard
- Michael Anderson Jr. as Trp. Martin Hale
- James Caan as Trp. Anthony Dugan
- Slim Pickens as Sgt. James Gregory
- Erik Holland as Trp. Clark Gentry
- Adam Williams as Trp. Lucas Crain
- Andrew Duggan as Gen. Frederick McCabe
- Peter Breck as Lt. Bunny Hodges
- Laurel Goodwin as Beth Poole
- Jeanne Cooper as Mrs. Rachael McCabe
- Robert McQueeney as Maj. Oliver Marcus
- Wayne Rogers as Lt. Mike Moran
- Michael Forest as Fred Cushman
The film was known as Custler's Last Stand. When 20th Century Fox announced they would make The Day Custer Fell they were worried about competing with a big budget film so they changed the script and made all the characters fictitious. Sam Peckinpah, fresh from making Major Dundee, was considered to direct the film, but he was passed over in favor of Arnold Laven.
- Businessmen First but Talent Prevails Scheuer, Philip K. Los Angeles Times 26 July 1965: c17.