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Cry 'Havoc' (1943)

Passed  -  War | Drama  -  February 1944 (USA)
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The Army nurses on Bataan need help badly, but when it arrives, it sure isn't what they expected. A motley crew, including a Southern belle, a waitress, and a stripper, show up. Many ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Lieutenant Smith
Fay Bainter ...
Captain Marsh
Flo Norris
Frances Gifford ...
Diana Lewis ...
Heather Angel ...
Dorothy Morris ...
Connie Gilchrist ...
Gloria Grafton ...
Fely Franquelli ...


The Army nurses on Bataan need help badly, but when it arrives, it sure isn't what they expected. A motley crew, including a Southern belle, a waitress, and a stripper, show up. Many conflicts arise among these women who are thrown together in what is a desperate and ultimately hopeless situation. Written by <>

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nurse | grief | malaria | philippines | sister | See more »


The first great all-feminine drama of women in danger! See more »


War | Drama


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February 1944 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Blues in the Night
(1941) (uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Whistled by Marsha Hunt
Hummed by Ann Sothern
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Nurses struggle with battle conditions on Philippines during WWII...
17 October 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

CRY HAVOC follows in the tradition of films like SO PROUDLY WE HAIL by dealing exclusively with nurses in the Philippines on active duty during WWII. MARGARET SULLAVAN is the lieutenant in charge of a group of gals including ANN SOTHERN, ELLA RAINES, FRANCES GIFFORD and JOAN BLONDELL, all of whom are inexperienced but have to learn the ropes fast during wartime bombardments.

Based on a play, it barely shows its stage origins and presents a gritty story of nurses under stress doing the best they can under dire circumstances. MARGARET SULLAVAN and FAY BAINTER fret over having to deal with "wet-nosed kids" (as Sullavan calls them), all of them eventually becoming battle hardened after working conditions continually put them in harm's way. Watch for ROBERT MITCHUM in a brief unbilled bit as a dying soldier.

Sullavan and Sothern argue over Sothern's infatuation for a man Sullavan loves and there's some trite dialog among the all-female cast when they get to exchange stories--but it's still an above average melodrama of women nurses during war.

Summing up: Worth it for the gritty wartime bombardments and interesting cast, but don't expect anything great. Richard Thorpe's direction keeps the pace steadfast without too many lulls until the downbeat ending.

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