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So Proudly We Hail! (1943)

Passed | | Drama, Romance, War | 6 November 1943 (Mexico)
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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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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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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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Runtime:

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 »

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Kansas: I never catch a cold.
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Soundtracks

Sweet Genevieve
(1869) (uncredited)
Music by Henry Tucker
Lyrics by George Cooper
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Powerful enriching classic about the triumphs of war time nurses!
23 January 2003 | by electronicpartySee all my reviews

I was stunned by the sheer excellence of this movie. I've saw many World War II films and this by far is the most real to life. I've never saw war thank God, but if I were to I'd expect it'd be as this movie portrayed!

This in my opinion is a must see for all women. This movie shows the courage, leadership, and strong will of women who so often are taken for granted. Our world is kept in tune by these silent unsung heroes, not just in war but in daily living. Women are nurses, managers, business owners, mothers, and some how they manage the time to be wives.

I enjoyed this movie a great deal because of it's accurate portrayal of the power of women. How women can be strong in times of danger and be heroes in times of war, but all the while keep their femininity, compassion, and sensitivity.

Some of the things you'll see in this movie will amaze you. Things that may not or seldom do appear in movies today are in this remarkable film. For instance there's a scene where a woman chooses to sacrifice herself with a grenade for the good of her fellow nurses. Another is a short and quite violent fight between a couple of nurses.

The plot is very solid in my opinion and this movie gives no glory to war! It's a classic war time epic, done from a very modern perspective. It indeed is a gem in a plastic box.


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