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The Proud and Profane (1956)

In the Pacific during WWII, a Roman Catholic widow falls for a tough lieutenant colonel.



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Cast overview:
Lt. Col. Colin Black
Lee Ashley
Kate Connors
Eddie Wodcik
Chaplain Lt. (jg) Holmes
Ross Bagdasarian ...
Eustace Press
Theodore Newton ...
Bob Kilpatrick
Richard Shannon ...
Lieutenant (jg) Hutchins


In the Pacific during WWII, a Roman Catholic widow falls for a tough lieutenant colonel.

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25 September 1956 (Japan)  »

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A Breed Apart  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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Frank Gorshin and Claude Akins are both uncredited. In his filmography, Akins is listed as "big soldier" . He can be seen playing chess in the cafeteria scene. See more »


The US Army Air Force C-47 cargo planes are painted in post WW2 paint scheme rather than the wartime green. When the Air Force became a separate service in 1947 the white over bare metal paint scheme as seen in the movie was adopted. See more »


Written by Gabriel Ruiz, Ricardo López Méndez and Sunny Skylar
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Deborah, William, Thelma and Dewey Battle Effects of War
3 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An intriguing recounting of the tolls of war from a human standpoint without graphic depiction of battle scenes, this focuses upon the lives of four primary characters stationed in Guadalcanal and/or Bataan, in the South Pacific, during World War II.

"The Proud and Profane" (Paramount, 1956) studies psychological aspects of its characters: Lieutenant Colonal Colin Black (William Holden in a belligerent role), Lee Ashley (Deborah Kerr as a determined force), Kate Connors (Thelma Ritter as a no-nonsense nursing supervisor), Eddie Wodcik (Dewey Martin as an innocent serviceman) and Chaplain Holmes (William Redfield as an altruistic minister).

While Lee volunteers with Kate's Red Cross troop with an ulterior motive in mind, Colin finds himself drawn to her unattainable reserve. Kate provides common sense for Lee to abide by and also security for the nurses and wounded service personal in her charge, as well as for Eddie, whom she treats as her nephew.

Produced by William Perlberg, directed by George Seaton, with its screenplay by George Seaton, based on a novel by Lucy Herndon Crockett, this wartime drama pleasantly buffers the viewer from unwelcome scenes of direct enemy attacks. Filmed in Black & White on location in Puerto Rico, this affords the viewer arrays of tropical scenery and often contains aerial footage of panoramic mountain scenery, as well as its calm coastal plains and lagoons.

Its capable cast handles its material well, with poignant portrayals of those who serve and suffer...in more ways than one.

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