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Force of Arms (1951)

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During World War II in Italy, an American sergeant and WAC lieutenant take time out for romance.

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Sgt. Joe 'Pete' Peterson
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Lt. Eleanor MacKay
Frank Lovejoy ...
Maj. Blackford
Gene Evans ...
Sgt. Smiley 'Mac' McFee
Dick Wesson ...
Kleiner
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Sheridan
Katherine Warren ...
Maj. Waldron
Ross Ford ...
Hooker
Ron Hagerthy ...
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Winter, 1943. The German army has halted the American advance in the mountains of Italy; back-and-forth combat decimates Joe Peterson's platoon. On leave in Naples, Joe meets WAC lieutenant Eleanor MacKay; initially cool, she begins to melt during a bombing raid. Their romance develops despite Joe's periodic returns to the front. But whether he'll come back in the end becomes more than doubtful... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The most beautiful love story ever told!

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13 August 1951 (USA)  »

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A Girl for Joe  »

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Just after Frank Lovejoy (Maj.) tells William Holden (Sgt.) about his promotion to Lt.; Holden puts on a jacket with his sergeant stiles on it. They drive to a restaurant/bar (Mama Mia's) and his jacket no longer has any sign of stripes. When stripes are removed the impression of the stripes and the stitching can still be seen. His jacket is absolutely pristine. Even if the stripes came off without leaving any marks at all; there would a clean spot where the stripes were. See more »

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Sgt. Joe Peterson: You mean you were a civilian once?
Lt. Eleanor MacKay: Oh, if you consider schoolteachers civilians.
Sgt. Joe Peterson: You, honest?
Lt. Eleanor MacKay: Mm-hmm.
Sgt. Joe Peterson: Well, and me without an apple!
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Drama, romance, and World War II
19 December 2002 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

Some have called this an updated version of "A Farewell to Arms," but if the time has been moved forward from World War I Italy to World War II Italy, the quality has also been moved down from "memorable" to "routine." There's really nothing much wrong with this production but there's little to distinguish it, either, and one sometimes gets the uncomfortable feeling that the death and destruction of the greatest war in human history is simply being used as the background for yet another boy-meets-girl story.

William Holden has a shower scene which shows he was still, at this point in his career, in his "hairy-chested" mode. Just a few years later, beginning with "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing," he entered his "shaved chest" period.

Dick Wesson supplies some "comic relief" which is just as grating as his work in "Destination Moon."


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