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


Mark Sandrich


Allan Scott
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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 ... 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


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 MOST INSPIRING LOVE STORY OF THESE TIMES! (print ad - Lubbock Avalanche Theatre - Lindsey Theatre - Lubbock, Texas- September 26, 1943 - all caps) See more »


Drama | Romance | War


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The film covers the World War II Battle of Bataan. Bataan is a Central Luzon region province on Luzon island in the Philippines and occupies the whole of the Bataan Peninsula on the island. See more »


Kansas: You and your wanting to be pals.
Lt. Joan O'Doul: I thought you were just another guy on the make.
Kansas: I was.
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Referenced in Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman (2006) See more »


Sweet Genevieve
(1869) (uncredited)
Music by Henry Tucker
Lyrics by George Cooper
Sung by Passengers on the troop ship
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Veronica Lake in a unique role
12 November 1998 | by NiroSee all my reviews

Another fine film from AMC's 1998 "Veterans' Day Movie Marathon."

This one details (in flashbacks) the daily ordeals of a company of Red Cross nurses serving in Bataan and Corregidor during WWII. For a change, Paulette Goddard plays the nurse with most of the male admirers (Sonny Tufts in particular), with Veronica Lake showing up late in a decidedly unsexy role (about which I can't say much more than that, lest I ruin it for you). Both offer up career performances, if that's saying much. Their leader, durable talent Claudette Colbert, holds the troop together throughout, despite numerous tragedies. Helping to prop *her* up is her persistent suitor George Reeves (later of the TV series, "Superman"). Interesting for the fact that it was shot while the war was still raging ~ so there are a lot of decidedly non-PC references to "Japs" ~ but this is a real salute to the unsung women who served in "the big one." A must-rent.

4 Stars.

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Release Date:

6 November 1943 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

A Legião Branca See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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