In one of his last performances, Cooper appears in this adaptation of a best-selling novel as an officer during the punitive expedition into Mexico against Pancho Villa in 1916. He has a moment of hesitation in battle and is branded a coward, but his commanding officer, Keith, is eager
for promotion to general, so he assigns Cooper to duty researching and writing up awards, one of which he expects to receive himself in return for not sending Cooper packing in disgrace. Furthermore, the Army is eager to come up with some heroes for America's imminent involvement in WW I. Cooper
chooses five men who displayed courage above and beyond the call of duty during an assaul...