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Keep Your Powder Dry (1945)

Passed | | Drama, War | April 1945 (USA)
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
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Ann Darrison
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Lieut. Colonel Spottiswoode
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Captain Bill Barclay
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Harriet Corwin
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Gladys Hopkins
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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 ...
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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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This film had its first television showing in Los Angeles Friday 28 December 1956 on KTTV; it was not telecast in New York City until 10 May 1957 on WCBS, and in San Francisco 1 December 1958 on KGO-TV. See more »

Quotes

Ann Darrison: I had no idea you had so much money!
Valerie Parks: Yep, I'm probably the wealthiest floor un-waxer in America.
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Played by a bugler when striking the flag
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Women in World War Two
1 December 2000 | by (flint mi) – See all my reviews

Wow! Lana Turner, Laraine Day, Susan Peters, Agnes Moorhead, and June Lockhart---all in the same movie. Does it ever get better than this? Unfortunately, how such a collection of talent can be given such a poor material to recite is puzzling. Witness the following lines: "Worked in Vaudeville with a trained duck. It got so bad I ate the act." "Rust proof,shock proof, self-winding, and will darn your socks, too." "Best soldier to ever wear a skirt." Despite lines like these, the acting is good enough to compensate. Yet, the film tends to demean the concept of the civilian army. Turner plays a model seemingly patriotic enough to gain her inheritance. Day is the army brat trying to maintain a family tradition. Peters is the intellectual always mediating the feud between the other two. Their acting saves the film. A major weakness in this film is the explicit sexism of the movie's theme. The powder is not gun powder but facial make-up. Men mechanics in World War Two movies don't get oil on their cute noses, but women mechanics do. Men do not cry if they fail to qualify for Officer's Candidate School, but women can fail and just have a good cry about it! The only thing to cry about is a movie with good talent squeezed into a plot better fitted the weak training films of 1942-42 than those of 1945 when social change played a part in a number of good movies. Perhaps Hollywood was not yet ready for change, or perhaps it was hoping old formula flicks which predated World War Two would prevail. Still, the film has merit and is worth seeing, especially with it's great ending.


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