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Cry 'Havoc' (1943)

Passed | | Drama, War | February 1944 (USA)
A chronicle of the experiences of a mixed group of Army nurses stationed in Bataan during World War II.

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Writers:

Paul Osborn (screenplay), Allan Kenward (play) (as Allan R. Kenward)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Margaret Sullavan ... Lt. Smith
Ann Sothern ... Pat
Joan Blondell ... Grace
Fay Bainter ... Capt. Marsh
Marsha Hunt ... Flo Norris
Ella Raines ... Connie
Frances Gifford ... Helen
Diana Lewis ... Nydia
Heather Angel ... Andra
Dorothy Morris ... Sue
Connie Gilchrist ... Sadie
Gloria Grafton Gloria Grafton ... Steve
Fely Franquelli ... Luisita
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Storyline

The Army nurses on Bataan need help badly, but when it arrives, it sure isn't what they expected. A motley crew, including a Southern belle, a waitress, and a stripper, show up. Many conflicts arise among these women who are thrown together in what is a desperate and ultimately hopeless situation. Written by <LRampey@shell.1stinternet.com>

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Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Angeli all'inferno See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The play originally opened in a small theater in Hollywood, CA, in late September 1942, with the title "Cry Havoc". It opened on Broadway in New York City on 25 December 1942 with the title "Proof Through the Night", but changed the title back to "Cry Havoc" on 30 December 1942, probably because of bad notices. However, it closed on 2 January 1943 after only 11 performances. The opening night cast included Carol Channing and Ann Shoemaker. See more »

Quotes

Lieutenant Smith: What can you do?
Nydia: Well, I, um, back home where I come from, women aren't allowed to do a blessed thing!
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Connections

Referenced in Salem: Cry Havoc (2015) See more »

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The Battle Hymn of the Republic
(1861) (uncredited)
Music by William Steffe (circa 1856)
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Nurses On Bataan
25 August 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Cry Havoc was based on a play by Allan Kenward which the Shuberts produced on Broadway and ran for a grand total of 11 performances over the Christmas/New Year's days of 1942-43. But what flops on Broadway can sometimes be a great success on screen and vice versa.

In this case the subject matter had already been thoroughly covered in the Paramount film So Proudly We Hail and Cry Havoc runs a distinct second to that film. Like the Paramount film, Cry Havoc deals with nurses in the Phillipines after Pearl Harbor and their experiences during the Japanese attack.

Margaret Sullavan was fulfilling the terms of an MGM contract with this movie. Afterwards she would concentrate on the stage and would only do one more film years later, No Sad Songs For Me. She plays the no nonsense army nurse with several new charges rushed up to the Bataan front among them Joan Blondell and Ann Sothern. Fay Bainter played Sullavan's superior and she also was winding up her MGM contract as well.

There are no substantial male roles in this film, they're seen briefly in fighting roles and of course as casualties. If you don't blink you'll see Robert Mitchum utter a couple of words and then die. Sullavan and Sothern have a rivalry going over an unseen army lieutenant.

In fact on the set they had a rivalry going as well. According to a recent biography of Margaret Sullavan, she and Sothern did not get along so their scenes together had some real bite. Sullavan felt that Sothern was slipping into her popular Maisie character for which she was doing a B picture series for MGM.

Cry Havoc should be seen because anything that has Margaret Sullavan should be seen as she left us way too few films for posterity. But this really is quite inferior to So Proudly We Hail.


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