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Battle Circus (1953)

Approved | | Romance, War, Drama | 6 March 1953 (USA)
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

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
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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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Storyline

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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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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$1,201,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Humphrey Bogart accidentally set his left thumb afire with lighter fluid while filming the scene in which his character burns some documents. The accident is visible in the film. 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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Teaming Bogart with June Allyson was a big mistake...

"Battle Circus" is another vehicle written and directed by Richard Brooks, with less satisfying results… Very likely the major fault was in teaming Bogart with June Allyson, an actress of extremely limited range whose perpetually simpering attitude and breathy whining of lines must surely have kept Bogart's nerves on edge…

The idea of the film was a sound one, a semi-documentary approach at portraying the day-by-day activities of a mobile field hospital behind the front lines during the Korean War…

The film fell apart, however, when an almost juvenile love plot interceded… One laughable scene found Allyson disarming a partially crazed prisoner who was threatening to blow everyone up with a hand grenade, thereby proving her courage under fire to a rather uninterested Bogart, who finally falls in love with her…


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