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?
The scene taking place on the pier was filmed at Long Beach Navy Base. You can see the U.S.S. New Jersey, recently restored, upgraded, and home-ported there, over Goldie's shoulder. This gave the effect of the scene happening at the end of World War II, as the New Jersey was a World War II battleship. See more
The Navy rank patch is displayed on Biscuits' right sleeve when it should be on his left. See more
Blame it on the war - it's everybody's excuse.
Opening credits are shown over old, black and white photos. See more
Referenced in Life Itself
Written by F.W. Meacham See more