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Women in War (1940)

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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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3 June 2003 | by (LA CA) – See all my reviews

The film isn't lost or unavailable; I own a VHS copy. Very timely in its day, it begins with the British defeat of the Graf Spee at the River Plate in Dec. 1939, mere months before its 1940 release. The titular women are a group of nurses sent to the front in France pre-Dunkirk. Prominent among them is Pamela (Wendy Barrie), a feckless party girl who beats a manslaughter rap by enlisting in the Women's Auxiliary. (Don't ask.) Serving under the command of a tart but kindly major (legendary theatre veteran Elsie Janis, very watchable and believable) who is in reality--gasp!--the mother Pamela has never met, the pert miss learns leadership and character by the end, of course, and gets the guy as well. Every bit as stiff-upper-lip as Mrs. Miniver but with duller characters, the movie is notable for its exceptional Oscar-nominated visual effects, principally in the 20-minute assault on a French village by British artillery unaware that trapped in the village are, you guessed it, the women in war.


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