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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 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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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

Les ailes de l'espérance  »

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Trivia

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: We're hoping to get to Cheju=do, but it seems almost impossible.
Old Man, Lun-Wa: The difference between the impossible and the possible is the measure of a man's will.
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Soundtracks

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
(uncredited)
Traditional African-American hymn
Composed by Choctaw Indian Wallis Willis prior to 1862
Sung by James Edwards
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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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