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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 »
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Sparkling performances enliven routine service comedy-drama... See more (12 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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. 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)
Anne 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 (musical score)
 
Cinematography by
Ray June (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Frank E. Hull (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Leonid Vasian 
Stephen Goosson (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
 
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 verified as complete


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Runtime:
93 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Finland:S | Sweden:Btl | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #10596)

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:
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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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Sparkling performances enliven routine service comedy-drama..., 10 May 2001
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

The unlikely prospect of anyone who looks like Lana Turner giving up her comfy civilian life to wear an army uniform is the hardest thing to swallow about this service film about three women from different walks of life who learn to become army buddies. Turner, of course, is given the glamour treatment and must have made hundreds of girls think they would look terrific in khaki.

Nevertheless, it's an enjoyable enough item sparked by some very competent performances by the mostly female cast. It's the feminine prototype of countless serviceman films produced during the war years of World War II, given non-serious treatment with a story centering on three new WAC recruits. Laraine Day plays an army brat, a girl who constantly flaunts her superiority over the other recruits and for most of the film engages in a tug of war with Turner. While Turner was given the full glamour treatment, Laraine Day succeeded in playing her unsympathetic role to the hilt, for the first time showing a harder edge to her screen personality. The film is enjoyable fluff, with good work by Susan Peters and Agnes Moorehead.

My article on Laraine Day appears in the Spring 2001 issue of FILMS OF THE GOLDEN AGE--and one on Lana Turner is due for publication at a later date.

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