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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:
Morale Booster for Women of WWII See more (12 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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:
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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Morale Booster for Women of WWII, 11 July 2004
Author: sdelmendo from Webster, New York

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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