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Homecoming (1948)

 -  Drama | Romance | War  -  May 1948 (USA)
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Self-absorbed Dr. Lee Johnson enlists with the Army medical corps during World War II, more out of a feeling that it's "the thing to do" rather than deep-seated patriotism. On his first day... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
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Col. Ulysses Delby 'Lee' Johnson (Dr. Johnson)
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Lt. Jane 'Snapshot' McCall
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Mrs. Penny Johnson
John Hodiak ...
Dr. Robert Sunday
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Lt. Col. Avery Silver
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Mrs. Kirby
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'Monk' Monkevickz
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Staff Sgt. 'Mac' McKeen
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Miss Stoker
Jessica Grayson ...
Sarah, Johnson's Maid (as Jessie Grayson)
J. Louis Johnson ...
Sol, Johnson's Butler
Eloise Hardt ...
Nurse Aldine Bradford
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Storyline

Self-absorbed Dr. Lee Johnson enlists with the Army medical corps during World War II, more out of a feeling that it's "the thing to do" rather than deep-seated patriotism. On his first day, he's put into place by 'Snapshot', a sassy and attractive nurse. Their initial antagonism blossoms into romance. Lee then finds himself torn with guilt over being unfaithful to his wife, Penny, who's waiting for him back home. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Drama | Romance | War

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The Homecoming of Ulysses  »

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Trivia

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 6, 1949 with Lana Turner and Clark Gable reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

During surgery, only one of the nurses (or doctor) has her mask up over her nose (to minimize the chance of any of the patients catching an airborne infection from the medical personnel). See more »

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Extremely evocative, finely crafted, and involving
27 May 2013 | by See all my reviews

What a gem this story is! Here you will find no platitudes; no heroes 10 feet tall; no heels - most of all no heels. This is about the most caring, life-affirming story you are ever going to find, and it is done without any syrup, nor any gratuitous and tiresome acting-out of missteps.

There is a a single scene near the end which implies that a single misstep MAY have been committed, but sorry to tell you, you are going to have to work out for yourself what did or didn't happen, because it's not spelled out. It was brave rather than a cop-out to present a pivotal scene that way.

The film is technically excellent. The scene composition is superb. You have never seen a WW2 field hospital so meticulously and realistically re-created. There is a scene viewed through the door of a tent where someone walks away that is so amazingly technically well done (as well as evocative) as to be amazing. I can't tell you that the snow falling in that scene was real, but it LOOKED absolutely real. The fadeout as the figure walked gradually into the falling snow was perfect. It's a little thing that a film nut notices, because it's hard to do.

The messages are about finding one's humanity, daring to need, and daring to reach out to someone to need you back. By the end, you may find yourself touched so deeply as to be shaking.


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