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 blouse Christine Lahti wears in the confrontation scene with Hawn, emblazoned with a musical staff and notes was originally worn by an extra in Mommie Dearest. 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
Serenade in Blue
Composed by Mack Gordon
and Harry Warren
Performed by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra See more