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So Proudly We Hail! (1943)

A group of nurses returning from the war in the Phillippines recall their experiences in combat and in love.

Director:

Mark Sandrich

Writer:

Allan Scott
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Claudette Colbert ... Lt. Janet 'Davy' Davidson
Paulette Goddard ... Lt. Joan O'Doul
Veronica Lake ... Lt. Olivia D'Arcy
George Reeves ... Lt. John Summers
Barbara Britton ... Lt. Rosemary Larson
Walter Abel ... Chaplain
Sonny Tufts ... Kansas
Mary Servoss ... Capt. 'Ma' McGregor
Ted Hecht Ted Hecht ... Dr. Jose Bardia
John Litel ... Dr. Harrison
Hugh Ho Chang Hugh Ho Chang ... Ling Chee (as Dr. Hugh Ho Chang)
Mary Treen ... Lt. Sadie Schwartz
Kitty Kelly ... Lt. Ethel Armstrong
Helen Lynd ... Lt. Elsie Bollenbacher
Lorna Gray ... Lt. Tony Dacelli
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Storyline

A group of U.S. Army nurses leaves San Francisco for their tour of duty in Hawaii in December 1941. The attack on Pearl Harbor changes their destination, and their lives. Sent to Bataan, in the Philippines, the nurses are led by Lt. Janet Davidson. She is faced with untested nurses who expected an easy time in Honolulu, but who quickly become battle-weary veterans dealing with daily bombardments by the Japanese, overwhelmed by the numbers of wounded, and dwindling supplies. Some of "Davey's" unit also have to deal with romantic entanglements with men they met onboard ship. When Bataan falls, the American forces flee to the offshore island of Corregidor, where they find the Japanese assault just as intense. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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The first great Love Story of our women at the fighting front!

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 November 1943 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

A Legião Branca See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Before departure from the US, Joan asks Janet to stall one of her beaus on the dock. To do so, Janet recites the first four lines of the poem "Snowflakes" by Mary Mapes Dodge: "Whenever a snowflake leaves the sky, / It turns and turns to say 'Good-by! / Good-by, dear clouds, so cool and gray!'. Then lightly travels on its way." At first she garbles the last line, but then gets it right. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Olivia D'Arcy: Stop prying into things that don't concern you.
Lt. Janet 'Davy' Davidson: Maybe it does concern me. It concerns me that the morale of this group remains high. Until you joined up, it was. You're just a troublemaker. I-I don't really care what's bothering you at all. I don't like you any more than the rest of the girls do.
Lt. Olivia D'Arcy: I'm supposed to be a nurse and that's all.
Lt. Janet 'Davy' Davidson: No. There's more than that now that we're at war. Maybe you don't know what's up. Maybe you don't know what we're doing here.
Lt. Olivia D'Arcy: You think I don't know. All ...
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Claudette Colbert (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Jingle Bells
(1857) (uncredited)
Music by James Pierpont
Arranged by Gil Grau
Played at the party aboard ship
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Everyone's war, everyone's peace.
24 January 2001 | by dexter-10See all my reviews

It is much too easy to fall into the post-World War Two media trap that the war was a man's war, and that women were just incidental to the effort. Thank goodness there are movies like this to remind Americans that the war was a total effort by almost everyone. In a real sense, women have not yet received full honor for their contribution to the war effort, whether they were ferrying planes, tending wounded, of carrying intelligence. In this film, one finds the horrors of war go beyond the battle lines into the minds of those who faced the reality of a world weary and frightened of war. This movie is also a reminder that most Americans during the war saw the fall of Bataan and the Phillippines as the major tragedy of the time. Pearl Harbor was frightening enough, but the very magnitude of defeat in the Pacific brought home the reality that there would be more casualties--if they could get off the island. It is difficult to find a Colbert movie of this period where she did not excel as a actress. This movie is no exception, she is extraordinary. Also, the evacuation scene is spectacular. If this movie did not inspire the Homefront to greater effort, what could? World War Two was everyone's war, and the peace would be everyone's peace.


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