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Battle Hymn (1957)

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A remorseful bomber pilot-turned-minister rejoins for the Korean War.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Col. Dean Hess
Anna Kashfi ...
En Soon Yang
Dan Duryea ...
Sgt. Herman
Don DeFore ...
Capt. Dan Skidmore
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Mary Hess
Jock Mahoney ...
Maj. Moore
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Mess Sergeant
James Edwards ...
Lt. Maples
Carl Benton Reid ...
Deacon Edwards
Richard Loo ...
Gen. Kim
Philip Ahn ...
Old Man, Lun-Wa
Bartlett Robinson ...
Gen. Timberidge
Simon Scott ...
Lt. Hollis
Teru Shimada ...
Korean Official
Carleton Young ...
Maj. Harrison
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Dean Hess, who entered the ministry to atone for bombing a German orphanage, decides he's a failure at preaching. Rejoined to train pilots early in the Korean War, he finds Korean orphans raiding the airbase garbage. With a pretty Korean teacher, he sets up an orphanage for them and others. But he finds that to protect his charges, he has to kill. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The true story of Col. Dean Hess, clergyman turned fighter pilot!


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3 March 1957 (West Germany)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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Lt Maples accidentally strafes a truckload of civilian refugees that happened to be near a convoy of North Korean troop trucks. In the real life incident, it was a fishing junk full of civilian refugees that happened to be near an amphibious assault by North Korean landing craft. See more »

Quotes

Col. Dean Hess: [In a letter to his wife] I'm reaching beyond myself. i hope I find myself.
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Connections

Featured in Rock Hudson's Home Movies (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

The Battle Hymn of the Republic
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Julia Ward Howe (1861)
Based on melody of "John Brown's Body"
Instrumental version heard under main title
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14 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am sick and tired of the misinformation that is constantly related about Colonel Hess. He was NOT a fighter pilot turned minister, it was the other way around. He was an ordained minister before joining the U S Army Air Force, as it was called in World War Two. Although he could have been a Chaplain, he did not feel that he could bless others for doing something he wasn't willing to do. If he had conflicts on the set of the movie, it was because of the way the Director wanted to portray him, not because he wanted to appear "Holier Than Thou". Anyone who wants the facts should read the book "Battle Hymn". It is out of print, but should be available through Amazon or Alibris. The orphanage bombing incident did take place. It happened because a bomb hung up on his P-47 (NOT a P-51 as shown in the movie) it was not a deliberate act. The incident did haunt him the rest of his life, But he saved many more orphans than were killed. "Operation Kiddy Car" was a real happening. As a final note, the money Hess received for the Screen Rights to his book, were given to the Korean Orphanage to repair its roof


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