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The Story of Dr. Wassell (1944)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 4 July 1944 (USA)
As the Japanese sweep through the East Indies during World War II, Dr. Wassell is determined to escape from Java with some crewmen of the cruiser Marblehead. Based on a true story of how Dr... See full summary »

Director:

Cecil B. DeMille

Writers:

Alan Le May (screenplay) (as Alan LeMay), Charles Bennett (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gary Cooper ... Dr. Corydon M. Wassell
Laraine Day ... Madeleine
Signe Hasso ... Bettina
Dennis O'Keefe ... Benjamin 'Hoppy' Hopkins
Carol Thurston ... Tremartini (Three Martini)
Carl Esmond ... Lt. Dirk Van Daal
Paul Kelly ... Murdock
Elliott Reid ... William 'Andy' Anderson
Stanley Ridges ... Cmdr. William B. 'Bill' Goggins
Renny McEvoy ... Johnny Leeweather
Oliver Thorndike Oliver Thorndike ... Alabam
Philip Ahn ... Ping
Barbara Britton ... Ruth
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Storyline

As the Japanese sweep through the East Indies during World War II, Dr. Wassell is determined to escape from Java with some crewmen of the cruiser Marblehead. Based on a true story of how Dr. Wassell saved a dozen or so wounded sailors who were left behind when able bodied men were evacuated to Australia. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Drama of Loyalty and Love! The Story the Whole World Has Heard About!


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 July 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cecil B. DeMille's The Story of Dr. Wassell See more »

Filming Locations:

Metapa, Chiapas, Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,720,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

Goofs

When Dr. Wassell is standing on the back of the hospital train early in the film, in the background a boxcar from the Mexican state railway - marked "N de M" - is visible. Several locations in Mexico were used as a stand-in for Java, as the island would be occupied by Japanese forces until the end of the war in 1945. See more »

Quotes

Dutch Army Captain: Unless the Japanese can be stopped, it will be impossible for any of your 42 wounded sailors to escape.
Dr. Corydon M. Wassell: Good gravy.
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Featured in Cecil B. DeMille: American Epic (2004) See more »

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Hoppy Survived
29 August 2001 | by chisumSee all my reviews

This is an entertaining movie if somewhat dated ,still worth an occassional veiwing. Gary Cooper carries the film with a great performance showing him for the star he was. The cast is packed with good character actors and actresses,and is filmed in colour,based on a true story that De Mille heard on the radio as told by FDR. The story of how the doctor rescues some badly injured sailors in the Phillipines is told in a flagwaving way,with humor and tragedy side by side. One reveiwer asks about Hoppy a badly wounded soldier who is left stranded on the wrong side of a demolished bridge,the film shows the Japanese closing in on him and a nurse then they disapear. In C.B,deMILLES BIOGRAPHY he reveals that Hoppy did survive and at the end of the credits he told the film audience this fact.


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