Jack and Kay Walsh are typical of many couples of the 1940s, where he is the breadwinner and she the housewife dependent upon him to do the man's duties around the house. Jack believes one of their neighbors in the housing complex in which they live in Los Angeles is white trash - he letting her know so at every opportunity, while Kay is quietly curious about her. That neighbor is streetwise Hazel Zanussi, an aspiring singer who does get a chance to sing on occasion at the club managed by her casual boyfriend, Biscuits Toohey, although he relegates her to being one of the taxi dancers more often against her wants, while he cheats on her behind her back despite truly having feelings for her. Hazel just wants to make an honest living. Their worlds are turned upside down on December 7, 1941 when the US enters WWII with the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. Jack immediately enlists in the Navy, and while he will send money home, his decision leaves Kay largely to fend for herself. Against... Written by
When America marched off to war the women marched into the factory. From then on...nothing was the same.
Did You Know?
In an early scene, Ed Harris
, clad only in a towel wrapped around his waist, plops down on a chair. For a split second, his genitals are fully exposed. This scene somehow evaded the censors (and in a PG-rated film) and in the first video release, the scene is intact. The scene has now disappeared from subsequent releases. See more
The factory continues to produce SBDs with a red circle within the white star many months after it had been officially eliminated (May 1942) See more
Hazel... we showed 'um didn't we.
Boy, did we ever.
[both hug and cry
Opening credits are shown over old, black and white photos. See more
Referenced in Life Itself
Someone Waits For You
Performed by Carly Simon
Produced by Richard Perry
Music by Peter Allen
Lyrics by Will Jennings See more