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The Story of Dr. Wassell (1944)

As the Japanese sweep through the East Indies during World War II, Dr. Wassell is determined to escape from Java with some crewmen of the cruiser Marblehead. Based on a true story of how Dr... See full summary »

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As the Japanese sweep through the East Indies during World War II, Dr. Wassell is determined to escape from Java with some crewmen of the cruiser Marblehead. Based on a true story of how Dr. Wassell saved a dozen or so wounded sailors who were left behind when able bodied men were evacuated to Australia. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Drama of Loyalty and Love! The Story the Whole World Has Heard About!


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4 July 1944 (USA)  »

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Dr. Wassells Flucht aus Java  »

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$2,720,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Cecil B. DeMille appears in the trailer and tells the audience how the film came to be made, after hearing Franklin D. Roosevelt on the radio. See more »

Quotes

Dutch Army Captain: An air raid, Doctor. There's no cause for panic. You all know the rules. Convalescent patients to the shelter. All others are to be placed beneath their cots, Doctor.
Dr. Corydon M. Wassell: Yes, sir.
Dutch Army Captain: Walking wounded, follow me please.
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Engaging story of a quiet hero well-played by Cooper.
13 January 1999 | by (Annapolis, Maryland) – See all my reviews

Although the movie is slow-moving at times and crying out for tighter editing, Gary Cooper's Dr. Wassell is appealing and the story line compelling enough to make watching this film time well spent. The story of a Doctor, who after being second to discover the source of a major epidemic in China, joins the Navy and ends up caring for a group of injured American sailors stranded on JAVA during WWII. I learned a lot from this film that I didn't know about the war in the Pacific and the Dutch involvement. This and the quiet heroics of Wassell and other characters makes for a fascinating watch. "The Story of Dr. Wassell" is a solid period film with a number of surprisingly good actors.


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