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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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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
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Korean Prisoner
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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)  »

Also Known As:

MASH 66  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,201,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,627,000, 31 December 1953

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,362,000, 31 December 1953
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This was Humphrey Bogart's only film for MGM. See more »

Goofs

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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Love is a battlefield
11 October 2016 | by See all my reviews

Snoozer of a war picture about an Army surgeon (Humphrey Bogart) and a wide-eyed young nurse (June Allyson) falling in love on the battlefront. Notable (I suppose) for focusing on a MASH unit years before the film and TV series made that more widely known. But really it's not a very good picture. For a war movie, it's pretty dull and for a romance, it's nauseating. Bogart and Allyson have no chemistry. I've never been a big June Allyson fan to begin with, so that didn't help matters any. Poor Bogie, in his fifties at this point, plays a character that's supposed to be some kind of Romeo with the ladies. This movie has some of the most cringeworthy work I've ever seen from him. I had to look away at times because it was so awkward. It's actually kind of painful to watch the love scenes. Anyway, it's not something I would recommend unless you are a Bogart or Allyson completist. Best thing about it is the supporting work from Keenan Wynn and Robert Keith.


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