At the end of WW2, aboard a repatriation ship, an Army doctor reminisces about his war years while being interviewed by a reporter.


Mervyn LeRoy


Sidney Kingsley (story), Jan Lustig (adaptation) | 1 more credit »





Cast overview:
Clark Gable ... Col. Ulysses Delby 'Lee' Johnson (Dr. Johnson)
Lana Turner ... Lt. Jane 'Snapshot' McCall
Anne Baxter ... Mrs. Penny Johnson
John Hodiak ... Dr. Robert Sunday
Ray Collins ... Lt. Col. Avery Silver
Gladys Cooper ... Mrs. Kirby
Cameron Mitchell ... 'Monk' Monkevickz
Marshall Thompson ... Staff Sgt. 'Mac' McKeen
Lurene Tuttle ... Miss Stoker
Jessica Grayson Jessica Grayson ... Sarah, Johnson's Maid (as Jessie Grayson)
J. Louis Johnson J. Louis Johnson ... Sol, Johnson's Butler
Eloise Hardt Eloise Hardt ... Nurse Aldine Bradford


Self-absorbed Dr. Lee Johnson enlists with the Army medical corps during World War II, more out of a feeling that it's "the thing to do" rather than deep-seated patriotism. On his first day, he's put into place by 'Snapshot', a sassy and attractive nurse. Their initial antagonism blossoms into romance. Lee then finds himself torn with guilt over being unfaithful to his wife, Penny, who's waiting for him back home. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <>

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Sometimes when a man comes back there are things he never talks about !


Drama | Romance | War


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Did You Know?


"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 6, 1949 with Lana Turner and Clark Gable reprising their film roles. See more »


About an hour into the film, Dr. Johnson is examining a chest x-ray. However, the x-ray is reversed on the view-box (i.e. backwards). See more »


Edited from Waterloo Bridge (1940) See more »

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Lana Turner goes swimming
3 August 2019 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

Made a couple years after the end of WW II, Clark Gable is Colonel Johnson, on a ship, being questioned by a reporter. as Johnson tells his story in flashback, we learn about his impressive, extensive background in medicine. and married to Ann Baxter. She will be nominated for best actress for "All About Eve", a couple years later. the plot of the story seems to be the debate over getting involved in world politics, or minding your own business, and looking after yourself. Lana Turner is Lt. McCall, who has already lost a husband who got involved in conflicts around the world. of course, Johnson and McCall clash, giving us the reason fo the film. director Mervyn LeRoy had worked with both Lana Turner and Gable numerous times. LeRoy directed some great films. was nominated for Random Harvest. it's pretty good. takes on several issues. like a really long episode of MASH.

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Release Date:

May 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Homecoming of Ulysses See more »


Box Office


$2,654,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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