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Soldiers in White (1942)

Approved | | Short, War | 7 February 1942 (USA)

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A young intern is drafted and placed in the Army Medical Corps as a buck private and is none too happy about it. Injured he is placed in the hospital and a Major comes by and explains how ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Pvt. Johnny Allison
Maj. Charles Anthony
Nurse Ryan
Johnny's Buddy
Young Medical Officer (as Michael Ames)


A young intern is drafted and placed in the Army Medical Corps as a buck private and is none too happy about it. Injured he is placed in the hospital and a Major comes by and explains how army doctors make important advances in medical science. The private is inspired and promises to make a good soldier. He is even more inspired when a nurse becomes his superior officer. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

7 February 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Technicolor Specials (1941-1942 season) #2: Soldiers in White  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The column of troops marching out through the archway were from the 9th Infantry Regiment, part of the garrison at Fort Sam Houston. The 9th Infantry is the only regiment which traditionally marches with fixed bayonets. See more »


At several points Pvt. Allison is seen grabbing Nurse Lt. Ryan, despite her protests, in full view of other officers nearby, and none of them say anything. In real life had a private treated a lieutenant in that manner he would have been immediately arrested, hauled off to the stockade and court-martialed for insubordination, disrespect to an officer and very likely assaulting an officer. An another point in the film Allison takes an army staff car and, under the pretense of giving her a ride to her quarters, takes Ryan on a "sightseeing tour" of Fort Sam Houston. For doing so, he is put on "kitchen police" duty, peeling potatoes. In real life he would have been charged with theft of government property and very likely kidnapping (Ryan told him several times to take her back to the hospital but he refused to do so). These are extremely serious charges and would have resulted in Allison getting sentenced to a very long term in a military prison. See more »


You're In The Army Now
(1917) (uncredited)
Music by Isham Jones
Lyrics by Tell Taylor and Ole Olsen
Played during medic training
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Fair Short from Warner
5 May 2010 | by See all my reviews

Soldiers in White (1942)

** (out of 4)

Fair short about a man (William T. Orr) who isn't too happy when he's drafted for WW2 only to be placed in the Army Medical Corps. Once there he doesn't take anything serious other than trying to track down a date with a nurse (Eleanor Parker) but soon something is going to change his mind. This Technicolor short from Warner is pretty boring as it's two-reels could have and should have been cut down to one. What really killed any of the entertainment for me was that I couldn't stand the lead character. Yes, he's suppose to be a jerk and a smart aleck but not once did I feel anything for him other than just finding him very annoying. I also didn't care too much for the nurse who is obviously here for a love interest. The two featured no chemistry and their childish bickering got old very quickly. There's no doubt that, once again, this short was made to give a message and that message is a good one but we didn't need all the childish stuff to get to the end speech. The one major plus is that we get to see Fort Sam Houston is glorious Technicolor and it's this beautiful color that makes this film worth seeing.

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