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So Proudly We Hail! (1943)

Passed | | Drama, Romance, War | 6 November 1943 (Mexico)
A group of nurses returning from the war in the Phillippines recall their experiences in combat and in love.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Joan O'Doul
Lt. John Summers
Lt. Rosemary Larson
Mary Servoss ...
Capt. 'Ma' McGregor
Ted Hecht ...
Dr. Jose Bardia
Dr. Harrison
Hugh Ho Chang ...
Ling Chee (as Dr. Hugh Ho Chang)
Mary Treen ...
Lt. Sadie Schwartz
Kitty Kelly ...
Lt. Ethel Armstrong
Helen Lynd ...
Lt. Elsie Bollenbacher
Lt. Tony Dacelli


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!


Drama | Romance | War


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Release Date:

6 November 1943 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

A Legião Branca  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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During shooting, a rift occurred between Claudette Colbert and Paulette Goddard when Colbert overheard Goddard say that she and Veronica Lake were closer friends because they were the same age. Colbert was miffed because Goddard (32 at the time) was actually closer to Colbert's age (39) than Veronica Lake's (20). See more »


Kansas: I never get killed.
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Loved One
(1943) (uncredited)
Music by Miklós Rózsa
Lyrics by Edward Heyman
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Gratefully influenced 61 years later.
31 July 2004 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

In 1967, there were three television stations, and at 9:30pm on Saturday nights, the weekend movies would start, and my mom and I would watch whatever was on. "So Proudly We Hail" was playing on a cold December night in New Mexico, and I was transfixed watching this black and white classic. Claudette Colbert, Paulette Goddard, and Veronica Lake. I didn't know any of these actresses, but they became my idols, not the actresses themselves, but the women they portrayed. I always hoped there would be a war movie playing on those Saturday nights. I ask myself now, why I wanted to see these movies. When I turned 18, I talked to a recruiter, with dreams of serving in the Army, dressing in uniform, and playing soldier. My dream was not realized in the military, but in the civilian sector, and I "served" almost 30 years in ER's across this country. I know it's corny to say a movie influenced my life, but "So Proudly We Hail," did influence mine, profoundly. When Veronica Lake realized her comrades were in danger, and she made the choice to give her life for theirs, and her country, I realize that our daughters in the military are armed, and are making those decisions on a daily basis. So much has changed in 61 years, and yet they remain the same. I'm proud of this movie, and am grateful for the influence it had on my life on a Saturday night so long ago.

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