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Force of Arms (1951)

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

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Sgt. John 'Pete' Peterson
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Lt. Eleanor MacKay
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Maj. Blackford
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Sgt. Smiley 'Mac' McFee
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Katherine Warren ...
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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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13 August 1951 (USA)  »

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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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Version of A Farewell to Arms (1957) See more »

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Surprisingly Engaging War Romance
3 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I wasn't sure what to make of this at first since I had never heard of the movie before I saw it on Turner recently, but almost right off the bat this earnest war/romance drama shows it's mettle.

William Holden is a GI on a short leave in Naples during the Allied advance up Italy. He meets WAC Nancy Olson , and after a short resistance on her part they fall in love , more or less at first sight. I liked the dialog between the two of them during this 'courtship' , it is well written and though Holden plays the wisecracker he so often did in his roles, it seems natural in these scenes.

The rest of the film tracks their time in Italy, together and apart, as Holden returns to the front and faces the need to prove his courage and cool under fire.

The thing that made this movie stand out is the treatment of a war time in service romance that is neither played for laughs or pathos. It is slightly melodramatic at times, but appropriately so for the material.

One of the better films of this type I have seen.


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