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Tender Comrade (1943)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | June 1944 (USA)
Jo Jones, a young defense plant worker whose husband is in the military during World War II, shares a house with three other women in the same situation.

Director:

Edward Dmytryk

Writer:

Dalton Trumbo
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Complete credited cast:
Ginger Rogers ... Jo Jones
Robert Ryan ... Chris Jones
Ruth Hussey ... Barbara Thomas
Patricia Collinge ... Helen Stacey
Mady Christians ... Manya Lodge
Kim Hunter ... Doris Dumbrowski
Jane Darwell ... Mrs. Henderson
Richard Martin ... Mike Dumbrowski
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Jo Jones, a young defense plant worker whose husband is in the military during World War II, shares a house with three other women in the same situation.

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Drama | Romance

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In the film, the women are comparing how much they spend on an apartment. Doris spends $20 a month, Helen spends, $22.50, Jo pays $18, and Barbara spends $32.50. Jo adds the figures together and proposes they pool their $93 together to rent a better place to live. With inflation, Doris' $20 in 1943 dollars is equivalent in purchasing power to about $295.43 in 2019. Helen's $22.50 to $332.36. Jo's $18 converts to $265.89, and Barbara $480.08. All totaled, they pool their $93 a month to rent a five bedroom house for: $1,373.76 in 2019 dollars. See more »

Goofs

When Chris comes around the hanging laundry in Jo's flashback, we hear the end of his whistling "You Made Me Love You," but his face is totally relaxed, and clearly not that of a person who is whistling. See more »

Quotes

Barbara Thomas: If you want the truth, I think this rationing and everything that goes with it, is just a pain in the neck.
Doris Dumbrowski: Barbara! You sound like a Fifth Columnist.
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Crazy Credits

TO MY WIFE - Teacher, Tender Comrade Wife, A fellow-farer true through life, Heart-whole and soul-free, The August Father, Gave to me. Robert Louis Stevenson See more »

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Featured in The Century (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want to Do It)
(1913) (uncredited)
Music by James V. Monaco
Lyrics by Joseph McCarthy
Sung a cappella by Ginger Rogers
Whistled by Robert Ryan
Played often in the score, mostly during the flashback scenes
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Good at showing the daily problems to overcome on the home front
8 September 2009 | by vincem41See all my reviews

I found it an interesting movie because I was just old enough to be aware of what was what during the war years. Rationing, shortages, worrying about husbands, fathers, brothers, uncles, etc. who were overseas fighting. It may seem "hokey" or outdated to those under thirty or forty, but it's fairly representative of what life was like. I agree with a previous commentator - Dalton Trumbo is/was a vastly over-rated writer, in fact if it hadn't been for the fact that he was "black-listed" I doubt if he would be remembered, let alone lionized as he is today. A classic case of creating a martyr. He's heavy handed and lacks subtlety. His mediocre writing is usually compensated for by the talent of the players or directors. View it with a mindset that allows for the ethos of the period and I think you will find it entertaining. Ginger Rogers is almost always terrific, and this movie is no exception.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

June 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Compañero de mi vida See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(copyright length) | (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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