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Homecoming (1948)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | May 1948 (USA)
At the end of WW2, aboard a repatriation ship, an Army doctor reminisces about his war years while being interviewed by a reporter.

Director:

Mervyn LeRoy

Writers:

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

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
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Storyline

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 <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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

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Drama | Romance | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Homecoming of Ulysses See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,654,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

New York film critics names this picture as one of the ten worst for 1948. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the film. Penny Johnson says she followed his (her husband, Clark Gable) movements on a map. During World War II people in the military had it drilled into them that could not say anything about where they in letters sent back home. And to make sure they kept that rule. The mail from soldiers was heavily censored. This has been mentioned in numerous histories of World War II. And my own father's experience with this backs this up. He sailed all over the world during the war and the censors made no attempt to mask the fact that they had opened and read mail. So my mother started sending my father a stick of gum in letters to him. But, she always included two. One for the censor and one for my dad. And most times. That second stick was gone. And with Gable being an officer it's even less likely any information about his movements around Europe would have been available to his wife. See more »

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Extremely evocative, finely crafted, and involving
27 May 2013 | by fnj2002See all my reviews

What a gem this story is! Here you will find no platitudes; no heroes 10 feet tall; no heels - most of all no heels. This is about the most caring, life-affirming story you are ever going to find, and it is done without any syrup, nor any gratuitous and tiresome acting-out of missteps.

There is a a single scene near the end which implies that a single misstep MAY have been committed, but sorry to tell you, you are going to have to work out for yourself what did or didn't happen, because it's not spelled out. It was brave rather than a cop-out to present a pivotal scene that way.

The film is technically excellent. The scene composition is superb. You have never seen a WW2 field hospital so meticulously and realistically re-created. There is a scene viewed through the door of a tent where someone walks away that is so amazingly technically well done (as well as evocative) as to be amazing. I can't tell you that the snow falling in that scene was real, but it LOOKED absolutely real. The fadeout as the figure walked gradually into the falling snow was perfect. It's a little thing that a film nut notices, because it's hard to do.

The messages are about finding one's humanity, daring to need, and daring to reach out to someone to need you back. By the end, you may find yourself touched so deeply as to be shaking.


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