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Battle Circus (1953)

 -  Romance | War | Drama  -  6 March 1953 (USA)
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Set in Korea and made during the war, this is the love story of a hard-bitten Army surgeon, and a new nurse ready to save the world.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Maj. Jed Webbe
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Lt. Ruth McGara
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Sgt. Orvil Statt
Robert Keith ...
Lt. Col. Hilary Walters
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Capt. John 'Rusty' Rustford
Perry Sheehan ...
Lt. Laurence
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Lt. Rose Ashland
Adele Longmire ...
Lt. Jane Franklin
Jonathan Cott ...
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Ann Morrison ...
Lt. Edith Edwards
Helen Winston ...
Lt. Graciano
Sarah Selby ...
Capt. Dobbs
Danny Chang ...
Korean Child
Philip Ahn ...
Korean Prisoner
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Sergeant
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Nurse Lt. Ruth McGara is assigned to a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) unit near the front lines of the Korean War. There she meets and is roughly romanced by Major Jed Webbe, one of the unit's surgeons. Webbe is pushy and seems to care only for momentary pleasures, but McGara falls for him just the same. Their romance blossoms in the midst of overwhelming numbers of casualties, threats from the enemy and from the weather, and emergency evacuations that test the mettle of even a unit whose very name suggests quick mobility. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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korean war

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M-G-M's great drama of desire under fire!

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Romance | War | Drama

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6 March 1953 (USA)  »

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MASH 66  »

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The film originally had a different title but the studio and the director thought that title would mislead audiences, so "Battle Circus" was instead chosen. The original title that was rejected was "MASH 66," which referred to the same Mobile Army Surgical Hospital unit in the Korean War later made famous in both the film MASH (1970) and the TV series _"M.A.S.H." (1972)_. See more »

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The pilot is often shown holding down the Push-to-Talk switch on the cyclic (control stick) while transmitting and receiving. With the Push-to-Talk button depressed, the pilot can transmit, but he can not receive. These radios are simplex, not duplex like a telephone. See more »

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7 January 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Battle Circus (1953)

** (out of 4)

MGM drama about a MASH unit in Korea and a doctor (Humphrey Bogart) who falls for a new nurse (June Allyson). This is a pretty strange film that didn't quite work with me and I think a lot of that is due to the rather poor screenplay that never knows what it's trying to be. It starts off as a war drama then moves into a romantic comedy and then at the end tries to turn into something else. The moods of the film are constantly changing to the point where you don't know what or how you're suppose to be feeling. Bogart was an interesting choice for the role here because he's having to put on the charm from scene one until the end. Many have found his performance bad here but I thought he handled it pretty well. The sweet talk stuff doesn't sound right coming from someone like Bogart but that's why I found it charming. Allyson isn't nearly as strong in her role but she's adorable enough. Bogart and her do a nice job together, although I had a hard time believing he'd actually fall so hard for her. I've read several comments that have attacked the film and Bogart's character because he's pretty much sexually harassing the woman throughout the movie. Even when she wants nothing to do with him he still uses his power as a doctor to touch her and so on. I personally didn't take this stuff that serious as I don't think it was meant to be seen as any sort of harassment. In the end, the film doesn't work and turns out to be one of the legendary star's lesser films.


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