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So Proudly We Hail! (1943) Poster

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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 right, I'll tell you. I know what I'm doing, I know why I'm here. I know what I'm going to do. I'm going to kill Japs.

[stands up]

Lt. Olivia D'Arcy: Every blood-stained one I can get my hands on!

Lt. Janet 'Davy' Davidson: [hushed] Olivia!

Lt. Olivia D'Arcy: That doesn't sound nice coming from a nurse, does it? We're supposed to be angels of mercy, 're supposed to tend to the wounded and take care of the sick. We're supposed to be kind and tender and serve humanity in the name of humanity. What humanity? Dead humanity?

Lt. Janet 'Davy' Davidson: Olivia, be quiet!

Lt. Olivia D'Arcy: No, you asked me, you wanted to know, you pried into things that didn't concern you.You wanted to know that this is - look! Look at this!

[opens a locket Davidson was asking about]

Lt. Olivia D'Arcy: Do you know what it is? I'll tell you, it's a boy.

[door opens, two other girls look in]

Lt. Olivia D'Arcy: Come in, both of you, you wanted to know too. Today is Christmas, isn't it? The time for cheer and good fellowship, and for peace. Well, today's my wedding day.

[holds out locket]

Lt. Olivia D'Arcy: You see that? He and I were to be married today, in Saint Louis. And why weren't we? Because he's dead. He died that first morning. They killed him. I saw him. He was running across the field to his plane and they killed him. Sixty bullets - sixty! By the time I got to him he was dead. His face was gone - I couldn't see him any more. Just blood - blood all over!

[bursts into tears]

Lt. Janet 'Davy' Davidson: [rushes to her side] Oh, Olivia!

Lt. Olivia D'Arcy: Let me go. Let me go. They must be punished, and I'm going to punish them! He was dead. It was ended for him...

[cries]

Lt. Olivia D'Arcy: I wanted him... He was all I had... I loved him so much...

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Lt. Janet 'Davy' Davidson: The two years will go by like wildfire.

Ensign: Yes, the years are short, its the days that are so long.

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Lt. Ethel Armstrong: I don't know whoever said the flesh was weak. I find it very strong.

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Lt. Joan O'Doul: Don't go. I'm just being childish. I sure would like to meet one guy, though, who doesn't make a pass.

Kansas: Well, when you do, you better begin to worry.

Lt. Joan O'Doul: You're not so dumb.

Kansas: I just talk dumb.

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Ensign: When people get to know you awfully well, what do they call you?

Lt. Janet 'Davy' Davidson: Lieutenant.

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Kansas: I never catch a cold.

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Kansas: I never get wounded.

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Kansas: I never get killed.

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Lt. Ethel Armstrong: It gets embarrassing being called a heroine all the time. What is a heroine, anyway?

Lt. Tony Dacelli: I don't know. Somebody whose still alive, I guess.

Lt. Joan O'Doul: If anybody calls me a heroine again, I'm gonna let them have a tomato right in the puss.

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Lt. Sadie Schwartz: High heels. The things we do to trap men.

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Col. Mason: Your further orders are to proceed immediately to the hotel, where the Red Cross has warm baths and clean clothes for you. And my further, though unofficial, orders are you are to have your heart's desire, anything you want.

Maj. Arthur: And what do you want most in the world?

Lt. Joan O'Doul: A tomato. A nice, big, red, cool, round, juicy tomato.

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Lt. Sadie Schwartz: Thanks for a wonderful time. I don't know when I've had better.

Georgie Larson: You should have stayed around a little longer. I'd made a real hepcat out of ya.

Lt. Sadie Schwartz: I don' know about the hep.

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Lt. Joan O'Doul: Davy, you got to help me. I'm in a terrible jam.

Lt. Janet 'Davy' Davidson: What's the matter?

Lt. Joan O'Doul: Two of my fiancés came down to the dock.

Lt. Janet 'Davy' Davidson: Two?

Lt. Joan O'Doul: Well, you know how hard it is for me to say no.

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Lt. Joan O'Doul: I'm warning you, Kansas. I melt at a very low temperature.

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Lt. Joan O'Doul: Officers are not supposed to fraternize with enlisted men.

Kansas: I don't want to fraternize. I just wanna see you.

Lt. Joan O'Doul: And pass the time of day?

Kansas: Well, it'd be better than nothing.

Lt. Joan O'Doul: Yes.

[pushes Kansas back]

Kansas: Oo! Sunburn.

Lt. Joan O'Doul: Well, just stop your maneuvers before you make contact with the main body.

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Lt. Janet 'Davy' Davidson: [Giving Lt. Summers a sponge bath] All right. Turn over and get your back done.

Lt. John Summers: Ooo. This isn't as humiliating as I thought.

[starts to turn over]

Lt. John Summers: Hey, that's nice. Do it again.

Lt. Janet 'Davy' Davidson: Get down.

Lt. John Summers: Since you like this so much, I'm gonna let you do it every day.

Lt. Janet 'Davy' Davidson: [sarcastically] Oh, that'll be such fun.

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Ensign: No female's going to bathe me.

Lt. Janet 'Davy' Davidson: Your mother did.

Ensign: Only until I was big enough to knock her down.

Lt. Janet 'Davy' Davidson: All right now, which is it to be, the sheet or your arm?

Ensign: Angels of mercy, huh? You're a bunch of wrestlers.

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Lt. Joan O'Doul: [voiceover] I remember we all decided to dress up. I wanted to make an impression on Kansas, and the only snakey thing I had was a black nightgown, which, with a few trimmings, did for me.

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Lt. Joan O'Doul: I don't know why I'm so nice.

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Capt. Saunders: This is the night before Christmas and because it is, you must forgive me for being sentimental. We're a sentimental people, and I think we're proud of it. Despite the fact that our enemies deride us for it, it makes us the stronger. It is ironic even to try to talk about the spirit of Christmas when war is flaming throughout the globe, but we believe in this great truth. And so all I want to say in the tragedy all about us is, have faith. Not a blind faith, but faith in those things in which we believe. We must have such faith in those things, such faith in ourselves, such faith in mankind that we are tough about the things we believe in, so tough that we will fight to the death to make those tender and sentimental beliefs like Christmas a reality forever. Now, God bless us, everyone. And let me wish you a Merry Christmas!

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Lt. Joan O'Doul: He's never seen you out of uniform.

Lt. Janet 'Davy' Davidson: Who?

Lt. Joan O'Doul: Who do you think?

Lt. Janet 'Davy' Davidson: You mean Lieutenant Summers?

Lt. Joan O'Doul: It's still formal with you two. Well, you better get informal with him, or other people will. He's a pretty cute guy, you know.

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Lt. Joan O'Doul: Say, who do you think you are?

[Olivia slaps Joan]

Lt. Joan O'Doul: You wanna play rough!

[Joan, wearing her snakey black nightgown, slaps Olivia back and wrestles her down to her bed]

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Lt. Janet 'Davy' Davidson: Has she ever opened up? Ever give you a hint of what's wrong?

Lt. Joan O'Doul: There's nothing wrong. She's just naturally a frozen-faced ghoul!

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Lt. Joan O'Doul: All the rules are off tonight. It's Christmas.

Kansas: Yeah, a fine Christmas. No mistletoe.

Lt. Joan O'Doul: All right, if it means that much to you, here.

[kiss]

Lt. Joan O'Doul: Merry Christmas!

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Lt. John Summers: The boat might sink.

Lt. Janet 'Davy' Davidson: Oh it might.

Lt. John Summers: If it does, we might never see each other again.

Lt. Janet 'Davy' Davidson: That's possible.

Lt. John Summers: Perhaps someplace in the hereafter, but then I wouldn't have my body. What's more important, you wouldn't have yours, either.

Lt. Janet 'Davy' Davidson: That might be *very* interesting. Well, I'll see you there sometime.

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Lt. Janet 'Davy' Davidson: We've been ordered to a place called Bataan, Bataan Peninsula. It's in command of General MacArthur.

Lt. Elsie Bollenbacher: Well, if it's good enough for a general, it's good enough for me, as long as they got plenty to eat.

Lt. Tony Dacelli: I only hope it's got a decent beauty parlor. My hair's a mess.

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Lt. John Summers: If only we'd met somewhere else before. You'd have had a wonderful time as I wooed you.

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Lt. Janet 'Davy' Davidson: You talk like a bunch of old women. You know what I think? I think you better all give up thinking for the duration. We haven't lost Honolulu, and there's been no bombing either in Los Angeles or San Francisco.

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Lt. John Summers: There's no time. Out there this second, a torpedo may be spinning its way toward us and you've no time, either. I think when you knew me, you'd love me, but there's no time. Don't you see, we haven't got a second to waste.

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Col. White: You're in the Army, too?

Lt. Janet 'Davy' Davidson: Yes, and very happy. Happier still that you're our CO.

Col. White: I'm a terribly strict disciplinarian, Janet.

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Lt. Janet 'Davy' Davidson: Girls, this is Mr. Ling Chee who's going to be with us for the rest of the trip. Now, each one find her own duffel bag.

Lt. Joan O'Doul: Heap big war. Him near here, savvy?

Dr. Harrison: I'm a Chinese, Lieutenant, not an Indian. The war is just beyond the mountains.

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Col. White: My goodness, you've grown into a beautiful woman.

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Dr. Jose Bardia: I wonder how scientific those still heaps out there on the battlefield feel. Guns, machines, men, so much rubbish. What was it in my student days? Chemically, a man is worth 97 cents. Probably $1.05. What, with the shortage of parts and monopoly now, the dead have risen in value. Two for $1.98 on Dollar Day.

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Dr. Jose Bardia: This little fellow we're about to introduce to the world tonight. What for him? I don't know. They forgot to teach me about spirit somewhere. Ninety-seven cents worth of body, but a priceless spirit. May he be born to live in freedom.

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Flight Lt. Archie McGregor: Flying with the infantry now.

Lt. Janet 'Davy' Davidson: How did that happen?

Flight Lt. Archie McGregor: We just got caught with our planes down.

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Lt. Sadie Schwartz: [voiceover] Most of us slept in GI underwear, except Joan, who had clung desperately to her black silk nightgown.

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Lt. Olivia D'Arcy: She's gonna wear that black nightgown right up to the Pearly Gates.

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Lt. Olivia D'Arcy: It's one of us or all of us.

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Capt. 'Ma' McGregor: It's all over. He never saw his father, and his son will never see him.

Lt. Janet 'Davy' Davidson: He has a child?

Capt. 'Ma' McGregor: Three months old. It's a pattern that will go on, I suppose, until we do make the world a decent place to live in.

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Lt. Sadie Schwartz: [voiceover] Davy was in charge of the jungle hospital as McGregor had her headquarters at Little Baguio, which was another base about four kilometers away. She had thrown herself into her work, with John constantly on her mind, although one never would have known it. The only contact between them was a little monkey John had sent one day by a wounded soldier. He quickly became the pet of the company. We called him Tojo because they looked so much alike.

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Flight Lt. Archie McGregor: Ma, my legs! Where's my legs? Ma, they promised me. They've taken away my legs! No, no, no.

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Lt. Sadie Schwartz: [voiceover] We called ourselves "the battling orphans of Bataan. "No father, no mother, no Uncle Sam. " As we wondered where the reinforcements were. But even so, we continued to hope.

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Col. White: Don't worry, Janet. When the time comes, I'll get you out. Otherwise I'd never be able to look my wife or any other woman in the face again.

Lt. Janet 'Davy' Davidson: I don't envy you, Colonel.

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Kansas: Look, I know how short you must be, but have you got anything to eat?

Lt. Joan O'Doul: Yes, I've got some nice southern fried monkey for you.

Kansas: With ketchup?

Lt. Joan O'Doul: No, with chili sauce.

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Lt. Janet 'Davy' Davidson: Ling Chee! Ling Chee! Ling Chee! Ling Chee!

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Lt. Joan O'Doul: That's the first time in my life I've ever fainted. Before the war, many's the time I could've used a good faint, but the guys I know would've thought it was phony. I wasn't taking any chances.

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Lt. Janet 'Davy' Davidson: Beasts, the slimy beasts!

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Lt. Janet 'Davy' Davidson: Why? Why isn't there any quinine? Why isn't there any food? Why aren't there any supplies? Why are we waiting here like rats in a cage waiting for the man to come and pour scalding water over us? Why was nothing done? Why?

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Lt. Sadie Schwartz: [voiceover] There were about 25 nurses there when we arrived. With us, the total came to 88 American plus many more Filipino nurses. Here, for the first time in months, we had a chance to wash the Japs out of our hair.

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Lt. Joan O'Doul: I've got to get some sleep. I'm so bomb-happy, nothing else matters.

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Lt. Janet 'Davy' Davidson: It's our own fault.

Lt. Joan O'Doul: Our fault? What did we do?

Lt. Janet 'Davy' Davidson: Because we believed we were the world. That the United States of America was the whole world. Those outlandish places: Bataan, Corregidor, and Mindanao. Those aren't American names. No, they're just American graveyards.

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Kansas: I can't believe it. I just can't believe it!

Lt. Joan O'Doul: What?

Kansas: The Marines, they have landed! And I've been ordered off.

Lt. Joan O'Doul: Oh, but it's not permanent. It's not the end of the fight.

Kansas: Yeah, but imagine it happening to us, Americans!

Lt. Janet 'Davy' Davidson: All right, all out, everybody!

Lt. Joan O'Doul: We've been out on our feet before. Remember Valley Forge? That was no strawberry festival.

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Kansas: What would you like better than anything else in the world?

Lt. Joan O'Doul: A tomato. I'd give my left knee for a tomato. Tomato and some Flying Fortresses, wouldn't that make a lovely salad?

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Kansas: I can't figure you dames out. Chocolate is chocolate.

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Lt. Sadie Schwartz: [voiceover] That was the worst pasting we ever got. I think they must have hit every inch of the island that day. Then suddenly, like magic, late in the afternoon, it stopped when they all went off to get drunk to celebrate their god, Hirohito.

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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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Kansas: I'll be here till Tokyo freezes over.

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