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Battle Hymn (1957)

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

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Colonel Dean E. Hess
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En Soon Yang
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Sergeant Herman
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Captain Dan Skidmore
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Mary Hess
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Major Frank Moore
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Mess Sergeant (as Alan Hale)
James Edwards ...
Lieutenant Maples
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Deacon Edwards
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General Kim (scenes deleted)
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Lu 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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The original "Kiddie Car Airlift" rescued some 950 orphans and 80 orphanage workers. There is controversy as to how much of the credit for the operation should go to Hess. See more »

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When Skidmore is wounded and coming back to land, the exterior shots show the canopy open, but in the closeups of Don DeFore (Skidmore) the canopy is closed. See more »

Quotes

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 »

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A Ri Rang
Traditional Korean folk song
[danced to by one of the Korean orphans in the movie]
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Lovey message but..
29 March 2011 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This film has some lovely sentiments and messages. It's all the more touching given it's based on a true story. Hess is certainly a man I would have liked to shake hands with.

Hess, is a World War 2 veteran with emotional scars left after a bombing accident over Germany. After trying his hand as a preacher and feeling empty, he finds him self back in the US Air Force in the 1950s Korean conflict. A large group of child refugees move him to act, and hopefully, ease the pain of the previous war. Certainly a story worth telling.

Sadly the direction and much of the acting are very very cheesy. Hudson is adequate and the children are wonderful (as you'd expect). But many of the other performances are contrived and stilled. With the exception of some real combat camera footage, the battle scenes are thin. Evidently only men bleed when they are shot? If you are making a War film about a serious subject, I believe Hess is such a subject, do it the honour of not wrapping war in a flouncy skirt. Just a mid afternoon filler.


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