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So Proudly We Hail! (1943)

Passed  |   |  Drama, Romance, War  |  18 February 1944 (Australia)
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A group of nurses returning from the war in the Phillippines recall their experiences in combat and in love.

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Mary Servoss ...
Capt. 'Ma' McGregor
Ted Hecht ...
Dr. Jose Bardia
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Dr. Harrison
Hugh Ho Chang ...
Ling Chee (as Dr. Hugh Ho Chang)
Mary Treen ...
Lt. Sadie Schwartz
Kitty Kelly ...
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Helen Lynd ...
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Lorna Gray ...
Lt. Tony Dacelli
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A group of U.S. Army nurses leaves San Francisco for their tour of duty in Hawaii in December 1941. The attack on Pearl Harbor changes their destination, and their lives. Sent to Bataan, in the Philippines, the nurses are led by Lt. Janet Davidson. She is faced with untested nurses who expected an easy time in Honolulu, but who quickly become battle-weary veterans dealing with daily bombardments by the Japanese, overwhelmed by the numbers of wounded, and dwindling supplies. Some of "Davey's" unit also have to deal with romantic entanglements with men they met onboard ship. When Bataan falls, the American forces flee to the offshore island of Corregidor, where they find the Japanese assault just as intense. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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The first great Love Story of our women at the fighting front!

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Drama | Romance | War

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18 February 1944 (Australia)  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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On her wedding night, Janet recites the following lines: "Home is the place where, when you have to go there, / They have to take you in." They are from "The Death of the Hired Man," a poem by the American poet Robert Frost (1874-1963). See more »

Quotes

Lt. Olivia D'Arcy: Stop prying into things that don't concern you.
Lt. Janet 'Davy' Davidson: Maybe it does concern me. It concerns me that the morale of this group remains high. Until you joined up, it was. You're just a troublemaker. I-I don't really care what's bothering you at all. I don't like you any more than the rest of the girls do.
Lt. Olivia D'Arcy: I'm supposed to be a nurse and that's all.
Lt. Janet 'Davy' Davidson: No. There's more than that now that we're at war. Maybe you don't know what's up. Maybe you don't know what we're doing here.
Lt. Olivia D'Arcy: You think I don't know. All ...
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The Star Spangled Banner
(1814) (uncredited)
Music by John Stafford Smith
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To appreciate this film you have to keep it in context of its time
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I saw this film when it first came out. I liked it then and I like it now. Some argue that its a little too heavy on the patriotism. But if you remember it was made at a time when we weren't sure how the war would come out, the context keeps patriotism in perspective. Back then most everyone supported the war effort and the doubters kept their doubts to themselves. There were virtually no families without at least one member in the service and most of the non-service people worked in defense jobs. "So Proudly We Hail" was a timely film when it was made and 60+ years later its message is still relevant as an historical event.


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