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Towards A Pure Fiction: Cecil B. DeMille
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gary Cooper ... Dr. Corydon M. Wassell

Laraine Day ... Madeleine

Signe Hasso ... Bettina
Dennis O'Keefe ... Benjamin 'Hoppy' Hopkins
Carol Thurston ... Tremartini (Three Martini)
Carl Esmond ... Lt. Dirk Van Daal
Paul Kelly ... Murdock

Elliott Reid ... William 'Andy' Anderson
Stanley Ridges ... Cmdr. William B. 'Bill' Goggins
Renny McEvoy ... Johnny Leeweather
Oliver Thorndike ... Alabam
Philip Ahn ... Ping
Barbara Britton ... Ruth
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Aherne ... British Convoy Commander (uncredited)
Eric Alden ... U.S. Sailor (uncredited)
Joel Allen ... Robert Kraus (uncredited)
Louis V. Arco ... Mate of the 'Janssen' (uncredited)
Irving Bacon ... Missionary (uncredited)
Griff Barnett ... 'Janssen' Passenger (uncredited)
Edith Barrett ... Mother of Little English Boy (uncredited)
Richard Barrett ... U.S. Sailor (uncredited)
Joe Bautista ... Javanese Orderly (uncredited)
John Benson ... U.S. Sailor (uncredited)
Carlyle Blackwell Jr. ... American Marine Litter Carrier (uncredited)
Carla Boehm ... Evacuee (uncredited)
John Bogden ... U.S. Sailor (uncredited)
Louis Borel ... (uncredited)
Sven Hugo Borg ... (uncredited)

Victor Borge ... Man (uncredited)
Linda Brent ... Fashta (uncredited)
George Bronson ... U.S. Sailor (uncredited)
Frederic Brunn ... Lookout of the 'Janssens' (uncredited)
Edgar Caldwell ... U.S. Sailor (uncredited)

Anthony Caruso ... 'Marblehead' Sailor on Gangplank (uncredited)
William Challee ... Radio Man (uncredited)
Luke Chan ... Chinese Coolie-Boatman (uncredited)
Oie Chan ... Chinese Coolie's Wife (uncredited)
Lane Chandler ... Dutch Officer Listening to Radio (uncredited)
Tony Cirillo ... U.S. Sailor (uncredited)
Davison Clark ... Dr. Holmes (uncredited)
Russ Clark ... Chief Petty Officer--Marblehead (uncredited)
Dimples Cooper ... Woman (uncredited)
James Cornell ... U.S. Sailor (uncredited)
James Courtney ... U.S. Sailor (uncredited)
Catherine Craig ... Mrs. Wayne (uncredited)
Mary Currier ... English Woman in 'Janssen' Sick Bay (uncredited)

Yvonne De Carlo ... Native Girl (uncredited)
Marion de Sydow ... Evacuee (uncredited)
Gloria Dea ... Javanese Nurse (uncredited)

Cecil B. DeMille ... Voice of Narrator (uncredited)
Forrest Dickson ... Javanese Nurse (uncredited)
Joe Dominguez ... Javanese Orderly (uncredited)
Ludwig Donath ... Dutch Doctor on Train (uncredited)

Ann Doran ... Praying Woman (uncredited)
Clint Dorrington ... U.S. Sailor (uncredited)
Gretl Dupont ... (uncredited)
Reynold DuPont ... U.S. Sailor (uncredited)
Sarah Edwards ... 'Janssen' Passenger (uncredited)
George Eldredge ... U.S. Navy Damage Control Officer (uncredited)
Frank Elliott ... English Doctor (uncredited)
Roque Espiritu ... Javanese Orderly (uncredited)

Julia Faye ... Anne, the Nurse (uncredited)
Edward Fielding ... Adm. Hart (uncredited)
Maxine Fife ... Evacuee (uncredited)
Geraldine Fissette ... Javanese Nurse (uncredited)
Sam Flint ... Naval Officer (uncredited)
William Forrest ... 'Pecos' Survivor (uncredited)

Douglas Fowley ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Melvin Francis ... Himself (uncredited)
Frederick Giermann ... Dutch Gunner (uncredited)
Jody Gilbert ... Head Nurse (uncredited)
Roy Gordon ... U.S. Navy Commander (uncredited)
Rita Gould ... 'Pecos' Survivor Mother (uncredited)
Greta Granstedt ... Dutch Nurse (uncredited)

Eddie Hall ... Bosun's Mate on the 'Janssen' (uncredited)
Henry Hall ... Old Man in Photo (uncredited)
William Hall ... PBY Seaplane Radio Operator (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... (uncredited)

Mildred Harris ... Dutch Nurse (uncredited)
Beth Hartman ... (uncredited)
Louis Jean Heydt ... Ensign (uncredited)
Edward Howard ... U.S. Sailor (uncredited)
Boyd Irwin ... British Major (uncredited)
John James ... Joe, Mechanic (uncredited)
Si Jenks ... Hank, Arkansas Mailman (uncredited)
Hazel Keener ... 'Janssen' Passenger (uncredited)
Milton Kibbee ... 'Janssen' Passenger (uncredited)
June Kilgour ... Dutch Nurse (uncredited)
Mike Killian ... Thomas Borghetti (uncredited)
Fred Kohler Jr. ... Bosun's Mate--Evacuation (uncredited)
Henry Kraft ... U.S. Sailor (uncredited)
Isabel La Mal ... Woman (uncredited)
Frank Lackteen ... Javanese Conductor (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... 'Pecos' Survivor on PBY Seaplane (uncredited)
Ameda Lambert ... Evacuee (uncredited)
Doris Lilly ... Civilian (uncredited)
Elmo Lincoln ... (uncredited)
Richard Loo ... Chinese Doctor on Train (uncredited)
Marie Loredo ... (uncredited)
Morton Lowry ... Lt. Bainbridge (uncredited)
Jack Luden ... British Convoy Driver (uncredited)
Laurette Luez ... Pretty Javanese Girl (uncredited)
George Lynn ... Lt. Smith (uncredited)
Edmund MacDonald ... Rear Admiral's Aide (uncredited)

George Macready ... Dutch Army Captain (uncredited)
George Magrill ... U.S. Sailor (uncredited)

Miles Mander ... Man (uncredited)
Lester Matthews ... Dr. Ralph Wayne (uncredited)
Eric Mayne ... 'Janssen' Passenger (uncredited)
Frank Mayo ... (uncredited)
Alex McSweyn ... U.S. Sailor (uncredited)
Paul McVey ... U.S. Navy Commander, Australia (uncredited)
John Meredith ... (uncredited)
Sybil Merritt ... Javanese Girl (uncredited)
Buddy Messinger ... U.S. Sailor (uncredited)
Harlan Miller ... U.S. Sailor (uncredited)
James Millican ... Robert Elroy Whaley (uncredited)
Moy Ming ... Chinese Tea Vendor (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... Decoration Ceremony Attendee (uncredited)
Frances Morris ... 'Janssen' Passenger (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ... 'Janssen' Passenger (uncredited)
Gavin Muir ... Dutch Military Messenger (uncredited)
Forbes Murray ... U.S. Navy Captain--Australia (uncredited)
John Mylong ... Joyful 'Janssen' Passenger (uncredited)
Ottola Nesmith ... Missionary's Wife (uncredited)
Georgie Nokes ... (uncredited)
Jack Norton ... 'Janssen' Passenger (uncredited)
Phyllis Perry ... Woman Evacuee (uncredited)
Stanley Price ... Sobbing Man (uncredited)
Rodd Redwing ... Javanese Orderly (uncredited)
Gordon Richards ... (uncredited)
Suzanne Ridgeway ... 'Janssen' Passenger (uncredited)
Ronald R. Rondell ... 'Janssen' Passenger (uncredited)

Franklin D. Roosevelt ... Himself (archive sound) (uncredited)
Ferdinand Schumann-Heink ... Ensign Watch Officer USN (uncredited)
William Severn ... Little English Boy (uncredited)
Harvey Stephens ... Captain in Charge of Evacuation (uncredited)
Amzie Strickland ... Native Woman (uncredited)
Yu Feng Sung ... Chinese Priest (uncredited)
Harry Templeton ... U.S. Sailor (uncredited)
Olga Marie Thunis ... Dutch Nurse (uncredited)
Ivan Triesault ... Pharmacist's mate of the 'Janssen' (uncredited)
Philip Van Zandt ... Dutch Gunner (uncredited)
Victor Varconi ... Captain of the 'Janssen' (uncredited)
Bruce Warren ... Chief Petty Officer (uncredited)
Minor Watson ... Rear Admiral (uncredited)

Doodles Weaver ... Harold Hunter (uncredited)
Cecil Weston ... 'Janssen' Passenger (uncredited)
Robert Wilber ... U.S. Sailor (uncredited)

Frank Wilcox ... Captain's Aide for Evacuation (uncredited)
Billy Wilkerson ... U.S. Sailor (uncredited)

Directed by
Cecil B. DeMille 
Writing credits
Alan Le May (screenplay) (as Alan LeMay) and
Charles Bennett (screenplay)

Corydon M. Wassell (story) (as Commander Corydon M. Wassell USN {MC})

James Hilton (story)

James Hilton  contributing writer (uncredited)
Jeanie Macpherson  contributor to treatment (uncredited)

Produced by
Sidney Biddell .... associate producer
Cecil B. DeMille .... producer
Buddy G. DeSylva .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Victor Young 
Cinematography by
Victor Milner (director of photography)
William E. Snyder (director of photography) (as William Snyder)
Film Editing by
Anne Bauchens 
Art Direction by
Roland Anderson 
Hans Dreier 
Set Decoration by
George Sawley 
Costume Design by
Natalie Visart 
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup artist
Max Asher .... makeup artist: second unit (uncredited)
Charles Gemora .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Frank Caffey .... unit manager (uncredited)
C. Kenneth Deland .... assistant production manager: second unit (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur Rosson .... second unit director
Edward Salven .... assistant director (as Eddie Salven)
Harry Caplan .... assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Daniel McCauley .... assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Oscar Rudolph .... assistant director (uncredited)
Marty Santell .... assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Art Department
Henry Bumstead .... set designer (uncredited)
Carl Coleman .... props (uncredited)
William Flannery .... art director: second unit (uncredited)
Dan Sayre Groesback .... scenic painter (uncredited)
A. Lowenthall .... set designer (uncredited)
E. Osborne .... set designer (uncredited)
L. Simmel Jr. .... technical designer (uncredited)
Joseph Sternad .... technical designer (uncredited)
W. Teal .... head technical designer (uncredited)
Joe Thompson .... props (uncredited)
A. Thunberg .... technical designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
John Cope .... sound recordist
Hugo Grenzbach .... sound recordist
George Dutton .... special sound effects (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Barney Wolff .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
Gordon Jennings .... special photographic effects
W. Wallace Kelley .... process photography (as Wallace Kelly)
Loyal Griggs .... transparencies: second unit (uncredited)
Paul K. Lerpae .... optical cinematography (uncredited)
Jimmie Dundee .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton .... stunts (uncredited)
Ted Mapes .... stunt double: Gary Cooper (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Fred Deiterich .... assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Andrew J. Durkus .... head grip: second unit (uncredited)
Robert King .... assistant camera: Technicolor, second unit (uncredited)
George Lancaster .... assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Edward Movius .... assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Paul Perry .... second camera: second unit (uncredited)
Glen E. Richardson .... still photographer (uncredited)
Lothrop B. Worth .... second camera: second unit (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Harriet Altland .... wardrobe: second unit (uncredited)
Richard Bachler .... wardrobe: second unit (uncredited)
John Morris Foster .... wardrobe: second unit (uncredited)
Elois Jenssen .... wardrobe sketch artist (uncredited)
Edna Shotwell .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Wilfred M. Cline .... technician: Technicolor, second unit (uncredited)
Music Department
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Robert Brower .... associate technicolor color director
Fred F. Ellis .... technical supervisor (as Capt. Fred F. Ellis B.M.M. {Ret.})
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor color director
Edwin Maxwell .... dialogue supervisor
H.D. Smith .... technical supervisor (as Lt. Comdr. H.D. Smith United States Navy {Ret.})
Marian Crist .... research director (uncredited)
Jack Crosby .... dance supervisor (uncredited)
Joe Dominguez .... technical advisor: second unit (uncredited)
Leonard Doss .... technicolor color director: second unit (uncredited)
Eugene L. Eubank .... technical advisor (uncredited)
George Ford .... double: Edmund MacDonald (uncredited)
Wei Fan Hsueh .... technical advisor: Chinese sequence (uncredited)
Billie Lee .... double: Laraine Day (uncredited)
Harry Lucenay .... double: Minor Watson (uncredited)
Curtis Mick .... business manager (uncredited)
J. Howard Payne .... medical technical advisor (uncredited)
Elsie Peacock .... technical advisor: nurses (uncredited)
Arthur Pierson .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Kenneth Ray .... double: Stanley Ridges (uncredited)
B. Cecelia Smukler .... medical technical advisor (uncredited)
Corydon M. Wassell .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Jelte Dirk Wiersma .... technical advisor: Dutch (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
140 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Did You Know?

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 23, 1944 with Gary Cooper and Barbara Britton reprising their film roles.See more »
Dutch Army Captain:Unless the Japanese can be stopped, it will be impossible for any of your 42 wounded sailors to escape.
Dr. Corydon M. Wassell:Good gravy.
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Featured in Cecil B. DeMille: American Epic (2004) (TV)See more »


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3 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
DeMille, Technicolor, Cooper and Laraine Day...nice combo..., 14 December 2006
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

GARY COOPER is a dedicated Naval doctor during World War II tending to the wounded in Java where a shipload of men are wounded and expecting an attack by the Japanese. LARAINE DAY is the lovely woman he loves and who stands by him when the going gets rough.

The Technicolor photography is a big asset in making the war scenes more realistic and the men really look like damaged goods in their bandages and splints--two of whom are played by PAUL KELLY and DENNIS O'KEEFE. O'Keefe shares a wobbly, artificial sub-plot romance with a nurse (CAROL THURSTON) who looks after him. Ditto for SIGNE HASSO and ELLIOT REID. However, all of the scenes in the infirmary have an authentic look, thanks to DeMille's eye for detail.

The wounded men are full of high spirits and hi-jinks but Cooper is told that 60,000 Japs have landed in Java nearby and none of the wounded would have a chance to escape. It's up to him to devise a plan where he can help some of the wounded escape.

The action scenes are fine but there's too many lulls in between with clumsy use of flashbacks involving Wassell's romance with Laraine Day and some tediously repetitious scenes of wounded men suffering further wounds when the men try to make an escape with the aid of British troops.

Certainly not a typical Cecil B. DeMille vehicle, but Cooper gives a decent performance.

The running time is too long because the flabby screenplay is sidetracked by poorly handled flashback segments. The sub-plot with Dennis O'Keefe's character just doesn't work and the whole story takes too long to tell.

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