Great Performances: Season 6, Episode 5

Verna: USO Girl (25 Jan. 1978)

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A young singer (Sissy Spacek) during World War II, gets a job singing in the USO with the hopes that this "big break" will make her a star. She will stop at nothing to become famous, even ... See full summary »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Verna Vane
Howard Da Silva ...
Joseph Turrin ...
Vaughan Hooks ...
Robert Roelse ...
Jamie Flanery ...
Greg Enos ...
Lt. Smith
Thomas Kersey ...
George Wolfert ...
Louise Haraczka ...
WAC sergeant


A young singer (Sissy Spacek) during World War II, gets a job singing in the USO with the hopes that this "big break" will make her a star. She will stop at nothing to become famous, even the attentions of a young soldier, played by William Hurt, who falls in love with her.

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The rifles used by the troops are M-16s, which was not deployed by the U.S. military until 1963. See more »

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Beautiful film--beautifully acted.
21 October 2002 | by (NH) – See all my reviews

Sissy Spacek, William Hurt, Howard Da Silva, and Sally Kellerman are all perfect in this gem of a "made for TV movie". It was good enough to play in the theaters. Spacek was made for the part of the USO girl who was just barely talented enough to land a spot in one of the many second rate USO shows; though she innocently believes that her talent is great enough that she will be a star. Da Silva and Kellerman are both experienced show business entertainers and know the truth about "Verna's" talent as well as their own. Hurt is the lieutenant who falls in love with Verna. All of it very simple and predictable until the end.

I haven't been able to find this on any of the TV channels for many years. Too bad. It is a great loss.

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