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Women in War (1940)

 -  Drama | War  -  6 June 1940 (USA)
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A "good-time girl", raised by her somewhat lax divorced father, finds herself involved in an accidental death, and the only way she's able to get out of it is to volunteer--albeit ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Elsie Janis ...
Matron O'Neil, formerly Mrs. Starr
Wendy Barrie ...
Pamela Starr
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Lt. Larry Hall
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Gail Halliday
Dennie Moore ...
Ginger
Dorothy Peterson ...
Sister Frances
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Pierre, the Cobbler
Colin Tapley ...
Capt. Tedford, the Masher
Stanley Logan ...
Col. Starr
Barbara Pepper ...
Millie, Irish Nurse
Pamela Randell ...
Phyllis Grant, Nurse
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Sir Gordon, Defense Attorney
Lester Matthews ...
Sir Humphrey, Prosecuting attorney
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A "good-time girl", raised by her somewhat lax divorced father, finds herself involved in an accidental death, and the only way she's able to get out of it is to volunteer--albeit reluctantly--to be a nurse in the war effort. She travels to England and is assigned to a hospital under a very strict matron. What the girl doesn't know is that the matron is the mother she has never seen. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Mulheres na Guerra  »

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Mother/daughter film set in WW II England
5 December 2002 | by (Putney, VT) – See all my reviews

This is a good little film, derived from the story idea of CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS. Wendy Barrie stars as an American woman of loose morals, whose parents divorced shortly after her birth. She has been raised by her libertine father and has never seen her mother. When she repels an unwanted advance of an evening, it ends in the accidental death of the masher. She is unrepentant and the jury is only swung to her favor by the fabricated story that she has enlisted in the nursing corps. She of course has to make good on this and winds up in England. The matron is her mother, played by Elsie Janis. Mom knows since she finagled the whole thing to save her daughter from prison, but daughter doesn't know mom is matron.

Because of her past, she does not fit in with the other nurses and tries to get even by stealing one's fiance, but inadvertently falls for the lug (Patric Knowles). Mom tries to instill discipline and affection in her daughter's life. In the climactic final scenes the jilted woman deliberately drives both of them into no man's land. Of course mom and the nurses have to rescue them. The special effects (the burning village, bombs and guns exploding everywhere, and the rather obvious use of miniatures in an aerial attack on a ship) earned an Oscar nom and for Republic's stature, I must say they were effective and well done for the period.

Former vaudeville star, Elsie Janis, shines in a serious dramatic role as mom and Wendy Barrie is quite fine as the disillusioned, chip on her shoulder lead. Mae Clarke (WATERLOO BRIDGE, FRANKENSTEIN) is on hand as the jilted woman.

All in all, a good little war film from Republic.


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