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We've Never Been Licked (1943) HD online
Language: English
Category: Movie / Action / Drama / Romance / War
Original Title: Weu0027ve Never Been Licked
Director: John Rawlins
Writers: Norman Reilly Raine,Nick Grinde
Released: 1943
Duration: 1h 43min
Video type: Movie
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?
Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Quine Richard Quine - Brad Craig
Anne Gwynne Anne Gwynne - Nina Lambert
Martha O'Driscoll Martha O'Driscoll - Deede Dunham
Noah Beery Jr. Noah Beery Jr. - Cyanide Jenkins
William Frawley William Frawley - Traveling Salesman
William Blees William Blees - Student
Harry Davenport Harry Davenport - Pop Lambert
Edgar Barrier Edgar Barrier - Nishikawa
Samuel S. Hinds Samuel S. Hinds - Colonel Jason Craig
Mantan Moreland Mantan Moreland - Willie
Moroni Olsen Moroni Olsen - Commandant
Roland Got Roland Got - Matsui
Allen Jung Allen Jung - Kubo
Robert Mitchum Robert Mitchum - Panhandle Mitchell (as Bob Mitchum)
Alfredo DeSa Alfredo DeSa - Fortuno Tavares

A stunt player was killed when the caisson he was riding on flipped over.

Much of the movie was filmed on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Many of the buildings seen are still is use today.

Cliff Robertson's first film.

Fess Parker's first movie.

In the posters for the 1950 reissue Robert Mitchum, who had risen to stardom in the seven years since the movie was first released, was prominently featured. Also, Noah Beery's name was misspelled as "Berry."

First film of Ward Wood (Air Force; Steve Canyon)



Reviews: [12]

  • avatar

    Coiril

    Typical WWII tear jerker. If you are part of the generation that came of age around that era you'll still get some goosebumps when you see it even though it is really quite corny. I just wished I knew when it was ever going to be on TV again so I could tape it.
  • avatar

    ARE

    I worked for years with Aggie Cinema and we used to show this movie to the incoming freshman at our outdoor theater, the Grove. Aggie Cinema is defunct, along with the Grove so I'm not sure if the freshman get to see this gem any more.

    The interesting bit of trivia was that we were constantly trying to get decent copies of this film to show in the days long before movie restoration. We kept coming up empty handed. We later found out that Robert Mitchum had bought up most of the copies and burned them because he hated his performance. It was not a bad performance. This could have been a lost piece of film lore! Also, note the "mountains" in the scenes of College Station's countryside, which is rolling coastal plain.
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    Gorisar

    This World War II propaganda film is not to be missed. As one of my father's friends described it: "The other night I saw this crazy movie about an Aggie kamakazie..."

    Well the plot is odd, set at Texas A&M College (Whoop!). You have to see this movie at the Grove, on campus in the summertime to really get the full effect. Audience participation is essential.

    It is a classic of sorts, along with the Victory at Sea series, this belongs in a time capsule about political incorrectness. Still, it's fun to see Robert Mitchum playing his minor part. The voice will grab you anyway. Fun stuff from a bygone era. The closing scene is worth waiting for.
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    TheSuspect

    Train buffs should not miss this movie. There are rare shots of Southern Pacific's streamlined train The Sunbeam arriving at College Station. There are also rare shots of the College Station, Texas Depot torn down in 1966. The former site has an official State of Texas Historical Marker. The scenes of life in the Corps of Cadets and the A&M mascot Reveille are precious. The locomotive that appeared in the movie was Southern Pacific Pacific type locomotive No. 620, the streamlined Pacifics were probably not available during filming. Film used to be shown on Texas TV stations before Texas A&M-University of Texas football games.
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    Lestony

    As an Aggie I can appreciate the glimpse of "Ole Army" that the film gives us. I saw footage of my dorm just years after it was built as well as other buildings I frequent. The first part is a pretty standard story. Cadet comes to A&M, Doesn't like it. Then, learns the meaning of Aggie spirit and excels. Quite suddenly however the plot goes from "Leave It To Beaver" to "Manchurian Canidate". I had trouble following the second half of the movie. In fact, the ending is so bizarre that you'll have to see it for your self to fully comprehend the weirdness. I always wondered why the school didn't make a big deal out of the film (like Notre Dame makes about Rudy)after seeing the film I understand why its relegated to a dusty corner of the bookstore. I have heard from an old professor at A&M, that when A&M administrators saw the completed movie, they were horrified and pulled more than a few strings to see that it wasn't widely released. Do your self a favor, skip the film and go to an Aggie football game instead.
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    Bumand

    There was a time when everyone in the United States was truly "united" following the attack on Pearl Harbor, there was no doubt about what had to be done, and the military might of the U.S. was there to do the job. In the wake of 9-11, there was another groundswell of patriotic feeling, but over time we have forgotten how priceless are our freedoms and how they have been protected over the years. This film reminds the history student (or anyone who has listened to their ancestors) of how real a threat can be. Cadet Craig, for reasons of nobility and integrity, sacrificed himself and his reputation for his country, his family and his alma mater. Who would do such a thing today? Maybe the first responders on 9-11; the threat in 1942 was real, the threat in the 21st century is real. This film reminds us of heroes, and duty, and country. It is well worth your time. Not the best acting, or the best story or the best filmography, but you are free to choose.
  • avatar

    Steel balls

    Although it was not available except for on-campus showing, it is currently being marketed: http://secure1.esportspartners.com/store-aggieLocker/main_detail.cfm? nProductID=8176&sAuxTitle=We''ve%20Never%20Been%20Licked%20DVD

    I saw this movie several times during my college years at A&M, usually at "The Grove", now long gone itself. Viewing was mandatory for incoming Corps freshmen. I have a VHS copy of the movie, but it is now also available on DVD.

    Victor Mature, being interviewed by Johnny Carson, was asked what his worst movie was. Without hesitation, he replied: "I don't remember the name, but it was about some cow college in Texas."
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    Ganthisc

    We've Never Been Licked is one of those wartime flagwavers that has gone woefully out of date. In fact I'm sure that audiences were scratching their heads during the showing of this film in theaters across the country. Except possibly in Texas where no matter what they love their Aggies of Texas A&M.

    Radio sportscaster Bill Stern, the Howard Cosell of his day narrates this film during a break in a Texas A&M football game during a broadcast to tell the story of a young Aggie played by Richard Quine who made a sacrifice for Uncle Sam.

    Quine was a student at Texas A&M before Pearl Harbor and seemed to join in the Aggie swing of things, football, cadet corps, and girls in the person of Anne Gwynne. But she likes his roommate Noah Beery, Jr. much better.

    In the meantime Quine is also buddying it up with a pair of Japanese exchange students who are getting increasingly isolated as tensions mount between the two countries. They're really there to spy and get some secret scientific formula being worked on at the Aggie laboratory.

    Quine goes deep undercover and I mean deep. He discovers such other spies as William Frawley and Edgar Barrier working for the Land of the Rising Sun. In fact Barrier is made up Oriental and not too well. To keep his cover Quine quits the Aggies and goes to Japan with the epithet of traitor hung around his neck.

    After Pearl Harbor though Quine redeems himself and I have to say in one of the most unbelievable climaxes ever in the history of film. I dare not say more, you have to see it to believe it.

    Playing one of the upperclassmen to Quine and Beery is Robert Mitchum in one of his early films and one I'm sure he probably didn't have fond memories of. But God bless the cast they pulled this off without a smirk showing.
  • avatar

    Onoxyleili

    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.
  • avatar

    Naa

    One of the reviewers comments that this film is "corney[sic]...(and) if you're not an Aggie, would probably won't like it." Well, I'm not a [Texas] Aggie but I saw this film at the old Kern theater in Bakersfield when I was a kid. I thought it was a true story and went on believing it until I saw it again one night on the late night show on TV. Corny? Well, that may be a bit harsh but in the context of WWII and the times, it doesn't seem so. The fact is, it's dated. Created for US feel-good propaganda during the war, its anti-Japanese message comes across as racist and hate-mongering. But, isn't that what propaganda is all about? As a serious student of the Pacific War, this story shows a horrible lack of understanding of Japanese culture. But, bridging differences and fostering understanding was not the order of the day in 1943. It was "kill Japs," and sadly, this is what this film portends. I hope we don't believe that way now.
  • avatar

    Hunaya

    I thought it was horrible and Robert Mitchum fans should avoid it like the plague in order to hold any long-term respect for the man's talent. He was wasted in this movie, but then again, he didn't exactly do anything with his part either.

    That being said, it's funny if you're an Aggie. I'd give it a 5 as an Aggie, but i gave it a 1 as a movie afficiana... aficcinad... afficcinna... er... movie buff. ;)
  • avatar

    Nothing personal

    This is really a WWII movie that happens to be set at Texas A&M University. It's a really great flick to kick back and watch - especially if you are an Aggie or WWII buff. I saw this for the first time when I was at A&M and loved it. No it wasn't Robert Mitchum's best movie, but it really wasn't his worst either. Noah Berry also went on to greater stardom. Anne Gwynne was featured in many monster movies in the 40's and 50's. I have an original set of Movie Lobby Cards, along with a press release and corresponding picture from the movie. I have them framed in my office. I would love to find an original poster. I've searched for years and haven't found one yet for sale. Here is a bit of trivia for you: Anne Gwynne - she's the grandmother of Chris Pine (of Star Trek fame!).