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We've Never Been Licked
Universal Pictures 
(a.k.a. Fighting Command, reissue title)
(a.k.a. Texas to Tokyo, UK release title)


Directed by John Rawlins
Written by Norman Reilly Raine

A Walter Wanger Production


Released August 4, 1943

     Using Texas A&M for background, with most of the action shot at the famous southwestern institution of learning, Walter Wanger has built an interesting picture around the character of a student there who finally made the supreme sacrifice in the war against Japan.  

     Film is not a college story per se, nor is it strictly of the war, though combining the two effectively.  Majority of the action takes place at Texas A&M, at College Station, Texas, whose entire enrollment of over 7,000 men appear in the footage.  The story of Texas A&M in itself makes good entertainment.

     Richard Quine, newcomer to the screen, plays the son of an officer , a former grad of the college who's now  seeing active service.  Quine immediately becomes unpopular; he seems to side with the cause of Japan where he'd spent several years before  coming to Texas A&M.  Ultimately, he's dismissed from the college after turning over the formula for a gas antidote to a Japanese ring operating at the school, and goes to Tokyo, where he becomes a yellow-peril Lord Haw-Haw.

     While the implication is strong that he has turned pro-Axis, actually Quine has disgraced himself in the eyes of his fellow students and others in order to use his Japanese connections in tipping off a planned sea battle.  Permitted to accompany a bomber squadron, he kills the pilot, and dives the plane into a Japanese aircraft carrier to which finishing touches of destruction are lent by an Allied bombardment from the air.  The battle scenes in which Wanger had the cooperation of the Navy, are extremely exciting and well-photographed.

     Quine and Noah Berry, Jr. are paired as Texas A&M roommates.  Quine fits the role laid out for him very well, the turncoat as it were.  The girl, daughter of a professor at the college who's fond of Quine and knew his father before him, is played by Anne Gwynne, who has an excellent screen personality.  

     Her father is played effectively by Harry Davenport.  Others include Martha O'Driscoll, Edgar Barrier and William Frawley, last mentioned an American who is directing pro-Japanese activities in this country.  

     In addition to Texas A&M songs, the picture contains a ballad, "Me For You, Forever," written by Harry Revel and Paul Francis Webster.  It is inserted in a ball sequence.  The college numbers are "Spirit of Aggieland," "Aggie War Him," and "I'd Rather Be a Texas Aggie."


Universal re-released the film "We've Never Been Licked" 
with a new moniker, "Fighting Command"


Cast

Richard Quine

Anne Gwynne ... Nina Lambert

Noah Berry, Jr.

Martha O' Driscoll

Edgar Barrier

William Frawley

Harry Davenport
Production:

Norman Reilly Raine- Writer

Nick Grinde and Raine- Story Adaptation

John Rawlins- Director 

Walter Wanger- Producer

Milton Krasner- Cinematographer

Philip Cahn- Editor

Harry Revel & Paul Francis Webster- song
"Me For You, Forever"

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