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Release Date:
June 1944 (USA) See more »
Jo Jones, a young defense plant worker whose husband is in the military during World War II, shares a house with three other women in the same situation. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ginger Rogers ... Jo Jones

Robert Ryan ... Chris Jones

Ruth Hussey ... Barbara Thomas
Patricia Collinge ... Helen Stacey

Mady Christians ... Manya Lodge

Kim Hunter ... Doris Dumbrowski

Jane Darwell ... Mrs. Henderson
Richard Martin ... Mike Dumbrowski
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert J. Anderson ... Boy (uncredited)
Patti Brill ... Western Union Girl (uncredited)
Tom Burton ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Donald Davis ... Boy (uncredited)
Jane Farrar ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Edward Fielding ... Doctor (uncredited)
Mary Forbes ... Mrs. Flanagan - Jo's Mother (uncredited)
Richard Gaines ... Waldo Pierson (uncredited)
Euline Martin ... Baby (uncredited)
Freddie Mercer ... Boy (uncredited)
Mike Road ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Claire Whitney ... Nurse (uncredited)

Directed by
Edward Dmytryk 
Writing credits
Dalton Trumbo (written by)

Produced by
David Hempstead .... producer
Sherman Todd .... associate producer
Original Music by
Leigh Harline 
Cinematography by
Russell Metty (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Roland Gross 
Art Direction by
Carroll Clark 
Albert S. D'Agostino 
Set Decoration by
A. Roland Fields (set decorations) (as Al Fields)
Darrell Silvera (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Renié (gowns)
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Harry Scott .... assistant director
Sound Department
Roy Meadows .... sound recordist
James G. Stewart .... sound re-recordist
Special Effects by
Vernon L. Walker .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
John Miehle .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Edith Head .... costume designer: Miss Rogers
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Gertrude Bank .... stand-in (uncredited)
R. Campbell .... stand-in (uncredited)
N. Harden .... stand-in (uncredited)
L. Lang .... stand-in (uncredited)
Vernon P. McCoy .... stand-in (uncredited)
Mal Merrihugh .... stand-in (uncredited)
Dorothy Panter .... stand-in (uncredited)
George Spencer .... stand-in (uncredited)
William Swingley .... stand-in (uncredited)
Bob Wright .... stand-in (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
102 min (copyright length) | 101 min (Turner library print)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
UK:U | UK:U (tv rating) | USA:Approved (PCA #9586) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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Some cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names, if any): Donald Davis (Boy), Robert Anderson (Boy), Jane Farrar, Tom Burton, Mike Road and Freddie Mercer.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Chris comes around the hanging laundry in Jo's flashback, we hear the end of his whistling "You Made Me Love You," but his face is totally relaxed, and clearly not that of a person who is whistling.See more »
Jo Jones:Look, why don't we all get together and throw a party for the new bride. Initiate her into war widows local number 37.
Barbara Thomas:In what? Nobodies got a room big enough to hold four people without using a shoe horn.
Doris Dumbrowski:Maybe we could have it at my new place! That is, I'm hunting for a new one now. Just in case Mike gets a furlough or something. You know, a bedroom and a living room.
Jo Jones:How much are you planning to pay?
Doris Dumbrowski:Oh, I'm paying twenty now. I thought maybe for a thirty-five, I could get something that would be nice.
Barbara Thomas:For thirty-five you'll still have a rabbit hutch.
Jo Jones:You know, all of us together, we put out a lot of money each month for rent. What do you pay, Helen?
Helen Stacey:Twenty-two Fifty.
Jo Jones:I pay Eighteen. What about you Barbara?
Barbara Thomas:Thirty-two Fifty. You see, I like gaudy things.
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7 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
, 17 February 1999

It's unfortunate that a film with a good cast never really becomes as good as it might. The idea of women working during the war in the war production plants was critical to the war effort, and the attempts at coping with an almost unbearable life situation with women workers sharing a house while their husbands are overseas was common enough to have true dramatic value; yet, this movie never seems to reach its high potential.

The reason seems to be in the incredibly poor script, not so much in terms of plot, but in relation to what seems to be substandard language. It's unfortunate that the actors are saddled with such lines as: "If I see you looking sideways at another girl, I'm going to hit you over the head with an axe handle," "It's okay, mom, he's going to marry me," "Why don't the mice pay their share of the rent," "You don't carry a mop carry it like a fishing pole," and "I'm going to beat those rugs until they sit up and yell 'Uncle'."

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