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Keep Your Powder Dry (1945)

Passed | | Drama, War | April 1945 (USA)
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A disparate group of women try to adjust to their new lives after enlisting in the Women's Army Corps.


Edward Buzzell


Mary C. McCall Jr. (original screenplay), George Bruce (original screenplay)


Cast overview, first billed only:
Lana Turner ... Valerie Parks
Laraine Day ... Leigh Rand
Susan Peters ... Ann Darrison
Agnes Moorehead ... Lt. Col. Spottiswoode
Bill Johnson ... Capt. Bill Barclay
Natalie Schafer ... Harriet Corwin
Lee Patrick ... Gladys Hopkins
Jess Barker ... Junior Vanderheusen
June Lockhart ... Sarah Swanson
Marta Linden Marta Linden ... Capt. Sanders
Tim Murdock Tim Murdock ... Capt. Joseph Mannering
Henry O'Neill ... Maj. Gen. Lee Rand
Mary Lord Mary Lord ... Mary
Sondra Rodgers Sondra Rodgers ... WAC Hodgekins
Marjorie Davies Marjorie Davies ... WAC Polhemus
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A disparate group of women try to adjust to their new lives after enlisting in the Women's Army Corps.

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Did You Know?


The general's car they repair is a rare 1942 Chrysler Windsor convertible coupe. The MSRP was $1,420 ($23,320 in 2016). Only 574 were made before production was halted in January 1942 due to WWII. See more »


When the WACs are on a long march with cadence, they are marching six abreast. The camera pans closer to them, and they are now four abreast. See more »


Ann Darrison: I had no idea you had so much money!
Valerie Parks: Yep, I'm probably the wealthiest floor un-waxer in America.
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I'll See You in My Dreams
(1924) (uncredited)
Music by Isham Jones
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Played during the opening credits
Played and sung on radio by a baratone when Johmmy says goodbye to Ann
Played and sung again on the radio in the barracks
Played at the canteen as dance music
Played as background music when Ann gets a telegram
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WWII era girl power
30 May 2007 | by johno-21See all my reviews

I recently saw this on TCM and had never seen it before. Director Edward Buzzell had a career in 30's and 40's films that were mostly actress driven romantic comedies before he made the leap to television in the early 50's. He also directed a couple of Marx Brothers movies. Here he is in his element directing three talented actress. Lana Turner is Val Parks, a playgirl heiress who is being forced to join the Women's Army Corp by her family before she can get her hands on any more of the family fortune. Larraine Day is Napoleon Rand, an army brat who knows the military rules book by heart and becomes a WAC to carry on a family tradition. Susan Peters is Annie Darrison, the wife of an army officer fighting in WWII. Parks and Rand instantly develop a dislike for each other and Darrison becomes the mediator as all three are assigned as mechanics in the same unit. What makes for believable on-screen tension between the Turner and Day characters is that they couldn't stand each other in real life. Day had billing over Turner in the only other film they appeared in, 1939's Calling Dr. Kildare when Turner was an upcoming starlet. By the time filming started on this movie in August of 1944 Turner was an established star and had billing above Day. Day was icy to Turner in 1939 and Turner returned the cold shoulder in 1944. Susan Peters is one of Hollywood's tragic figures. She lost her father in an accident as a young girl and never got over it. Her acting career got off to a rocky start and was dropped by Warner Brothers but MGM saw something promising and she had earned an Academy Award nomination for Random Harvest. A miscarriage kept her off the screen just when her career was at it's brightest and she returned to the screen for this film but less than two months after filming she was shot in a hunting accident and paralyzed from the waist down. She made an attempt in limited roles to keep acting on screen, stage and television but depression led to her divorcing her husband and becoming recluse and anorexia nervosa led to her death at age 31. The Cedric Gibbins MGM art direction team on this film features 8 time Oscar winner Edwin Willis as set director. Proliffic cinematographer Ray June is the films photographer but the soft focus closeups are so overboard they are almost laughable. Some corny, silly dialog and situations but actually it isn't too bad of a movie. A female version of a WWII buddy movie. Agnes Moorehead, Natalie Schafer and June Lockhart in supporting roles. It's worth a look and I would give it a 6.5 out of 10.

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Release Date:

April 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

There Were Three of Us See more »


Box Office


$1,348,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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