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Director:
Writers:
Mary C. McCall Jr. (original screenplay) and
George Bruce (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
April 1945 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Gals IN UNIFORM...IN ACTION...IN LOVE! They're strictly G.I. See more »
Plot:
A disparate group of women try to adjust to their new lives after enlisting in the Womens Army Corps. | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
WWII era girl power See more (12 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Lana Turner ... Valerie Parks

Laraine Day ... Leigh Rand
Susan Peters ... Ann Darrison

Agnes Moorehead ... Lieut. Colonel Spottiswoode
Bill Johnson ... Captain Bill Barclay

Natalie Schafer ... Harriet Corwin
Lee Patrick ... Gladys Hopkins
Jess Barker ... Junior Vanderheusen

June Lockhart ... 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
Rex Evans ... Marco Cummings
Pierre Watkin ... Mr. Avery Lorrison
Shirley Patterson ... WAC Brooks
Michael Kirby ... Captain John Darrison
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Trowbridge ... (scenes deleted)

Dorothy Adams ... WAC Seamstress #2 (uncredited)
Stanley Andrews ... Colonel Greeting Cadets (uncredited)
Jean Ashton ... (uncredited)
Judi Blacque ... WAC (uncredited)
Marie Blake ... WAC Supply Corporal (uncredited)
Early Cantrell ... WAC Company Commander (uncredited)
Kathleen Cartmill ... (uncredited)
Marilyn Christine ... (uncredited)
Mary Currier ... WAC at Hearing (uncredited)
Mimi Doyle ... (uncredited)
Rita Dunn ... WAC (uncredited)
Clyde Fillmore ... Gen. Brett (uncredited)
Jean French ... WAC (uncredited)
Jan Gilbreath ... (uncredited)
Jesse Graves ... Elevator Operator #2 (uncredited)
Eula Guy ... (uncredited)
Barbara Hallstone ... (uncredited)
Doreen Hayward ... (uncredited)
Gloria Hope ... (uncredited)
Ann Hunter ... (uncredited)
Charlotte Hunter ... WAC (uncredited)
Virginia Hunter ... (uncredited)
Margaret Kays ... WAC (uncredited)
Edith Leach ... Mary Carter (uncredited)
Ruth Lee ... Classroom Instructor (uncredited)
Ann Loos ... (uncredited)
Carole Mathews ... WAC (uncredited)
Diane Meredith ... (uncredited)
Frances Morris ... (uncredited)
Jetsy Parker ... WAC (uncredited)
Mary Parker ... (uncredited)
George Peters ... Lieutenant (uncredited)
Nita Pike ... (uncredited)
Jane Ray ... WAC (uncredited)
Beth Renner ... WAC (uncredited)
Roberta Ridley ... (uncredited)
Claire Rochelle ... WAC Corporal (uncredited)
Elizabeth Russell ... WAC Sergeant (uncredited)
Barbara Sears ... WAC McBride (uncredited)
Melba Snowden ... WAC (uncredited)
Wanda Stevenson ... (uncredited)

Ray Teal ... Army Captain - Camouflage Leader (uncredited)
Geraldine Wall ... Judo Instructor (uncredited)
Ruth Warren ... (uncredited)
Claire Whitney ... WAC Seamstress #1 (uncredited)
Bobbie Woods ... WAC (uncredited)

Directed by
Edward Buzzell 
 
Writing credits
Mary C. McCall Jr. (original screenplay) and
George Bruce (original screenplay)

Produced by
George Haight .... producer
 
Original Music by
David Snell 
 
Cinematography by
Ray June (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Frank E. Hull 
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Leonid Vasian 
Stephen Goosson (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis 
 
Production Management
Charles J. Hunt .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Horace Hough .... assistant director (uncredited)
Charles O'Malley .... assistant director (uncredited)
Marvin Stuart .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Ralph S. Hurst .... associate set decorator
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Standish J. Lambert .... sound effects mixer (uncredited)
Standish J. Lambert .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
Robert Shirley .... sound effects mixer (uncredited)
Robert Shirley .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
Newell Sparks .... sound effects mixer (uncredited)
Newell Sparks .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
William Steinkamp .... sound effects mixer (uncredited)
William Steinkamp .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
Michael Steinore .... sound effects mixer (uncredited)
Michael Steinore .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
P. Richard Stevens .... unit sound mixer (uncredited)
John A. Williams .... sound effects mixer (uncredited)
John A. Williams .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Mark Davis .... camera operator: matte paintings (uncredited)
A. Arnold Gillespie .... camera operator: transparency projection shots (uncredited)
Warren Newcombe .... matte paintings (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dale Deverman .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Richard Rosson .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Irene .... costume supervisor
Marion Herwood Keyes .... associate costume supervisor
 
Music Department
Edward Baravalle .... music mixer (uncredited)
Wally Heglin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Fletcher Henderson .... music arranger (uncredited)
Bronislau Kaper .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
M.J. McLaughlin .... music mixer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Louise V. White .... technical advisor (as First Lieut. Louise V. White Women's Army Corps)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
93 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
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.See more »
Soundtrack:
ReveilleSee more »

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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
WWII era girl power, 30 May 2007
Author: johno-21 from United States

I recently saw this on TCM and had never seen it before. Director Edward Buzzell had a career in 30's and 40's films that were mostly actress driven romantic comedies before he made the leap to television in the early 50's. He also directed a couple of Marx Brothers movies. Here he is in his element directing three talented actress. Lana Turner is Val Parks, a playgirl heiress who is being forced to join the Women's Army Corp by her family before she can get her hands on any more of the family fortune. Larraine Day is Napoleon Rand, an army brat who knows the military rules book by heart and becomes a WAC to carry on a family tradition. Susan Peters is Annie Darrison, the wife of an army officer fighting in WWII. Parks and Rand instantly develop a dislike for each other and Darrison becomes the mediator as all three are assigned as mechanics in the same unit. What makes for believable on-screen tension between the Turner and Day characters is that they couldn't stand each other in real life. Day had billing over Turner in the only other film they appeared in, 1939's Calling Dr. Kildare when Turner was an upcoming starlet. By the time filming started on this movie in August of 1944 Turner was an established star and had billing above Day. Day was icy to Turner in 1939 and Turner returned the cold shoulder in 1944. Susan Peters is one of Hollywood's tragic figures. She lost her father in an accident as a young girl and never got over it. Her acting career got off to a rocky start and was dropped by Warner Brothers but MGM saw something promising and she had earned an Academy Award nomination for Random Harvest. A miscarriage kept her off the screen just when her career was at it's brightest and she returned to the screen for this film but less than two months after filming she was shot in a hunting accident and paralyzed from the waist down. She made an attempt in limited roles to keep acting on screen, stage and television but depression led to her divorcing her husband and becoming recluse and anorexia nervosa led to her death at age 31. The Cedric Gibbins MGM art direction team on this film features 8 time Oscar winner Edwin Willis as set director. Proliffic cinematographer Ray June is the films photographer but the soft focus closeups are so overboard they are almost laughable. Some corny, silly dialog and situations but actually it isn't too bad of a movie. A female version of a WWII buddy movie. Agnes Moorehead, Natalie Schafer and June Lockhart in supporting roles. It's worth a look and I would give it a 6.5 out of 10.

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