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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:
Women in World War Two 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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4 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Women in World War Two, 1 December 2000
Author: dexter-10 from flint mi

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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