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Keep Your Powder Dry (1945)

Passed  |   |  Drama, War  |  April 1945 (USA)
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A disparate group of women try to adjust to their new lives after enlisting in the Womens Army Corps.

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Valerie Parks
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Leigh Rand
Susan Peters ...
Ann Darrison
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Lieut. Colonel Spottiswoode
Bill Johnson ...
Captain Bill Barclay
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Harriet Corwin
Lee Patrick ...
Gladys Hopkins
Jess Barker ...
Junior Vanderheusen
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Sarah Swanson
Marta Linden ...
Captain Sanders
Tim Murdock ...
Captain Joseph Mannering
Henry O'Neill ...
Major General Lee Rand
Mary Lord ...
Mary
Sondra Rodgers ...
WAC Hodgekins
Marjorie Davies ...
WAC Polhemus
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A disparate group of women try to adjust to their new lives after enlisting in the Womens Army Corps.

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Turner wrote in her 1982 biography that during pre-production she received a studio memo of reprimand about missing many of her wardrobe appointments - even though it was Irene who was not showing up. When the actress went to studio head Louis B. Mayer to defend herself, she was told that the memo was a face-saving device for Irene, who was an alcoholic but so valuable to MGM that the studio was willing to bear with her problems and delays. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Col. Spottiswoode: I'm sorry for you Rand, you've worked so hard to learn so many things so badly.
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Soundtracks

Song of the Women's Army Corps
(uncredited)
Written by Jane Douglass and Camilla Mays Frank
Sung by an offscreen chorus during the opening credits, marching cadets
Played as background music
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Sparkling performances enliven routine service comedy-drama...
10 May 2001 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

The unlikely prospect of anyone who looks like Lana Turner giving up her comfy civilian life to wear an army uniform is the hardest thing to swallow about this service film about three women from different walks of life who learn to become army buddies. Turner, of course, is given the glamour treatment and must have made hundreds of girls think they would look terrific in khaki.

Nevertheless, it's an enjoyable enough item sparked by some very competent performances by the mostly female cast. It's the feminine prototype of countless serviceman films produced during the war years of World War II, given non-serious treatment with a story centering on three new WAC recruits. Laraine Day plays an army brat, a girl who constantly flaunts her superiority over the other recruits and for most of the film engages in a tug of war with Turner. While Turner was given the full glamour treatment, Laraine Day succeeded in playing her unsympathetic role to the hilt, for the first time showing a harder edge to her screen personality. The film is enjoyable fluff, with good work by Susan Peters and Agnes Moorehead.

My article on Laraine Day appears in the Spring 2001 issue of FILMS OF THE GOLDEN AGE--and one on Lana Turner is due for publication at a later date.


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