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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lt. Janet 'Davy' Davidson
... Lt. Joan O'Doul
... Lt. Olivia D'Arcy
... Lt. John Summers
... Lt. Rosemary Larson
... Chaplain
... Kansas
... Capt. 'Ma' McGregor
Ted Hecht ... Dr. Jose Bardia
... Dr. Harrison
Hugh Ho Chang ... Ling Chee (as Dr. Hugh Ho Chang)
... Lt. Sadie Schwartz
... Lt. Ethel Armstrong
... Lt. Elsie Bollenbacher
... Lt. Tony Dacelli
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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!

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6 November 1943 (Mexico)  »

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A Legião Branca  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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On her wedding night, Janet recites the following lines: "Home is the place where, when you have to go there, / They have to take you in." They are from "The Death of the Hired Man," a poem by the American poet Robert Frost (1874-1963). See more »

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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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Loved One
(1943) (uncredited)
Music by Miklós Rózsa
Lyrics by Edward Heyman
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Effective combination of suds, realism, patriotism in story of WW2 nurses...
6 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

Hollywood deserves a big hand of applause for making SO PROUDLY WE HAIL at a time when the U.S. was still involved in WW2 and our struggles to overcome the Japanese in the Pacific. It opened to popular acclaim at New York's Radio City Music Hall where it played to contented audiences who were both entertained and impressed by the war realism depicted as nurses undergo the rigors of work among the wounded.

It's still pretty impressive, although some of the flag-waving gets a little heavy and the suds flow pretty freely when the nurses discover romance. Claudette Colbert leads the pack of nurses with a nobility only Claudette could demonstrate--and sincerity. In lesser roles, Veronica Lake and Paulette Goddard acquit themselves well, with Goddard receiving a Supporting Actress nomination.

Sonny Tufts achieved instant popularity with his role as the bumbling Kansas and George Reeves had one of the best roles of his career as Colbert's love interest.

What makes the film remarkable for its time is the way it handles all of the action sequences--and there are plenty of them. The explosions don't look as if they're happening on a studio set but in the jungles and terrain of the story--and they're mighty effective in their realism, something even today's audiences can appreciate.

On the debit side, the story is a little overlong and the flashback technique might not appeal to everyone. Still, it has holding power and is an example of one of the finer films of the period to deal with the role of women during World War II.


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