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They Died With Their Boots On (1941 movie clip) Custer orders the bar closed

They Died With Their Boots On (1941 movie clip) Custer orders the bar closed


WHERE’S THE OWNER
OF THIS PLACE? TELL HIM TO COME OUT.
I WANT TO SEE HIM. BOSS… WELL,
LOOK WHO’S HERE. YOU. ARE YOU
IN CHARGE HERE? YEP. GENERAL MANAGER OF ALL THE COMPANY’S
TRADING STORES. YOU TURNED DOWN
A GOOD THING, CUSTER. COLONEL CUSTER
TO YOU, SHARP. I’M IN COMMAND HERE, AND DON’T YOU EVER
FORGET IT. I WANT TO KNOW WHAT YOU’RE SELLING
RIFLES FOR. FOR $75 APIECE. THEY’RE CIVIL WAR SURPLUS WE BOUGHT FROM
THE GOVERNMENT. AND YOU’RE SELLING
THEM TO INDIANS? WHAT ARE THESE INDIANS
DOING INSIDE THE FORT? OH, THEY’RE, UH,
FRIENDLIES. FRIENDLIES. I CERTAINLY HOPE
YOU’RE RIGHT, SHARP. THESE WINCHESTERS
WILL OUTRANGE ANY OF OUR
CAVALRY RIFLES, AND YOU KNOW IT. [SCUFFLING] ATTENTION!
COMMANDING OFFICER! SERGEANT, THERE’S 2 MEN
BRAWLING OUTSIDE. HAVE THEM PUT
UNDER ARREST FOR NOT BEING ABLE
TO HOLD THEIR LIQUOR. THEY’RE SUPPOSED
TO BE CAVALRYMEN. YES, SIR. AT EASE, MEN. WELL, COLONEL, I HOPE YOU LIKE
YOUR RECRUITS. THEY’RE ABOUT THE WORST
LOT OF RUSTLERS, GUNMEN, AND OUTCASTS
THAT I’VE EVER SEEN. THE SCUM OF THE EARTH. IT SEEMS TO BE
YOUR BUSINESS TO MAKE THEM WORSE. NOW, LOOK, SHARP,
I WANT THIS BAR CLOSED. I WANT IT CLOSED NOW. THIS BAR IS RUN UNDER
A GOVERNMENT FRANCHISE. YOU CAN’T CLOSE IT. SERGEANT… YES, SIR? TURN OUT A SQUAD OF MEN
WITH SIDE ARMS. CLOSE THIS PLACE UP. [GRUMBLING] MEN! THIS BAR IS
A LAWFUL BUSINESS. THE COMPANY’S GOT ONE
IN EVERY ARMY POST. NOW, YOU KNOW
YOUR RIGHTS, BOYS. NOBODY CAN TELL YOU HOW
TO SPEND YOUR PAY, RIGHT? WAIT A MINUTE,
MEN. WAIT A MINUTE. I HAVE TO ADMIT THAT
WHAT MR. SHARP SAYS IS PERFECTLY CORRECT. I HAVE NO LEGAL REASON
TO CLOSE THIS BAR. NONE WHATSOEVER. AND I WON’T… PROVIDING MR. SHARP
DOESN’T MIND BEING TAKEN BY
THE SCRUFF OF HIS NECK AND SLUNG CLEAR
THROUGH THAT MIRROR EVERY TIME
I FIND IT OPEN… COMMENCING
ONE MINUTE FROM NOW. CLOSE IT UP. NOW, LISTEN, MEN, I’M NOT DOING THIS
TO BE A BLUENOSE. I KNOW
IT’S TOUGH ON YOU NOT BEING ABLE
TO TAKE A DRINK. IT’S TOUGH ON ME, TOO. HEH, MAYBE IT’S TOUGHER. BUT THE DAY
I BREAK DOWN AND TAKE ONE, THAT’S THE DAY THIS BAR’S
GOING TO OPEN AGAIN. I DON’T ASK ANY MAN
TO STICK TO SOMETHING I CAN’T STICK TO MYSELF, AND THAT’S THE WAY
IT’S GONNA BE IN THIS REGIMENT.


Reader Comments

  1. I know this movie isn't even close to being historically accurate, but as a work of fiction i really enjoy it.

  2. Donald Trump doesn't drink either, and look at what a loser he is too. I guess Custer and Trump are both worthless cowards.

  3. Anyone who says that Errol Flynn wasn't a real actor… is crazy. He's great in this scene. I'm a big Arthur Kennedy fan, too. Great to see these two having a confrontation like this.

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