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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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A disparate group of women try to adjust to their new lives after enlisting in the Womens Army Corps.

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Drama | War

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$1,348,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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The film was a success at the box office for MGM, earning a profit of $464,000 (over $6.2M in 2016) according to studio records. See more »

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When the WACs are on a long march with cadence, they are marching six abreast. The camera pans closer to them, and they are now four abreast. See more »

Quotes

WAC Sergeant: Good going, Parks. You know your planes.
Valerie Parks: I know my pilots.
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You're In The Army Now
(1917) (uncredited)
Music by Isham Jones
Lyrics by Tell Taylor and Ole Olsen
Played during the opening credits
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Morale Booster for Women of WWII
11 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

It seems that the film boards made a concerted effort to boost the image of women as tough and capable leading up to and continuing through World War II. "Keep Your Powder Dry" is an effort to display three women who overcome their disparate backgrounds, their petty differences, and their civilian prejudices to achieve a greater good by contributing to the war effort. A character in the film puts it this way, "...subordinate your personal feelings for the good of the corps."

This is a consistent theme in movies throughout this era. In John Ford's "Pearl Harbor" a German mocks the notion that the weak and decadent American women could take the place of men in industry to free them for service as soldiers. In "Cry Havoc" we witness the courage, trials, and sacrifices of women on Corregidor. Here in "Keep Your Powder Dry" we learn of the candidates' perseverance through the trials of boot camp, motor pool training, and OCS school (though the examples that they show are weak).

It is a little difficult to suspend reality far enough to buy the notion that Lana Turner could become dedicated to life in the WACs, having arrived by way of Park Avenue, but an effort is made by the screenwriter to show her recognition of the shallow and narcissistic lifestyle that she found there. It occurs rather late in the film, however.

Still, for WWII movie buffs, and fans for the movies of the forties, this one is a must see.


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