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Battle Hymn (1957)

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

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Dean Hess
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En Soon Yang
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Sergeant Herman
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Captain Skidmore
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Mary Hess
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Major Moore
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Mess Sergeant (as Alan Hale)
James Edwards ...
Lieutenant Maples
Carl Benton Reid ...
Deacon Edwards
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General Kim
Philip Ahn ...
Old Man
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General Timberidge
Simon Scott ...
Lieutenant Hollis
Teru Shimada ...
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Major 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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By Faith I Fly  »

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Film debut of Phil Harvey. See more »

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Capt. Dan Skidmore: I thought I knew how to live. I don't. Now I don't know how to die.
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Referenced in Broadway by Light (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Little Brown Jug
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American drinking song
Composed by Joseph Winner (1869)
Sung by Jock Mahoney and soldiers during Thanksgiving celebration.
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BATTLE HYMN (Douglas Sirk, 1957) **1/2
28 February 2007 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

This is hardly one of its director's more notable efforts which is perhaps why it took me this long to catch up with it in the first place; a miscast Rock Hudson is defeated by his impossible role of a real-life U.S.A.F. pilot whose accidental bombing of a Japanese orphanage during WWII drove him to take up priesthood; ironically, just as the protagonist struggles with his conflicting vocations (he considers it his duty to re-apply for service when the Korean War comes along), the film can't make up its mind whether it wants to be a biopic, a war epic or a particularly sticky Hollywood blending of religiosity and child interest! In itself, a harmless and typically glossy product of its era with the aerial sequences themselves certainly well done; sleek noir villain Dan Duryea is wasted, however, as a soldier who is particularly beloved by the Korean orphans Hudson and his men stumble upon. Ultimately, the film is perhaps most notable as being one of only four films featuring Anna Kashfi – Welsh despite her exotic name and looks – and best-known for her brief marriage (1957-59) to Marlon Brando.


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