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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
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This film received its initial television broadcast in Seattle Wednesday 6 February 1957 on KING (Channel 5); it first aired in Hartford CT 16 February 1957 on WHCT (Channel 18), in New York City 1 March 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Minneapolis 7 March 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), in Chicago 9 March 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2) , in Portland OR 23 March 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), in Altoona PA 10 April 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), in Los Angeles 12 April 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11) , in Phoenix 18 April 1957 on KPHO (Channel 5), in Honolulu 31 May 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), and in Philadelphia 7 June 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6); in San Francisco it was first telecast 7 December 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »
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 »
Movies like this one are discoveries. Mervyn LeRoy was a director that always knew where to go for a good story and get amazing performances out of his actors. In this film he demonstrates how to create a movie that holds the viewer's attention. It is based on a story by Sidney Kingsley and was adapted by Jan Lustig.
The movie shows the American cinema at its best as it combines a look to WWII and a forbidden love, something that probably had a hard time passing the censor's scissors. Mr. LeRoy makes the picture highly engrossing because of the way he presents the story. Men and women, for the first time were in the front lines; the men as combatants, or in this case, a doctor and the women as nurses, or filling in for the jobs the men couldn't do because they did the fighting.
Clark Gable was an actor that made this picture the joy it is to watch by making us believe he is this surgeon, Dr. Lee Johnson, a man that awakes to reality when he has to deal first hand with treating the wounded soldiers. Mr. Gable casts such a virile shadow in his best work that we know where he stood all the time. His Dr. Johnson shows the strain of the stress of war, the loyalty to his wife at home and the sudden love he finds for "Snapshot" McCall. He remains throughout the film focused in helping the soldiers, until the passion he feels for his nurse, gets the best of him.
Lana Turner is the real surprise of the movie. She is playing a role that probably would not have been offered to her because of the heat and glamour she projected. Her nurse McCall is a woman that life has made a cynic because of the tragedy in her own life and the fact that she is separated from her young son. The magnetism between Ms. Turner and Mr. Gable is what keeps us interested in the movie. Lana Turner shows she had the potential for playing dramatic parts that were not offered to her; she was type-casted as the siren, or the sophisticate in most of her work, but she had the range and the potential that probably only Mr. LeRoy, who discovered Ms. Turner, saw she had. Only a director like Mr. LeRoy could elicit this performance from Ms. Turner.
Anne Baxter is the wife that stays home hoping her man will come back alive. Her Penny Johnson makes her appear as insecure because she perceives her husband's affection might lie with the nurse that he complains to her at the beginning of his correspondence. John Hodiak plays the friend, Dr. Sunday, a man who has his feet on the ground and believes he should help the poor people of his area, instead of the society types that Dr. Johnson attracts.
The movie is satisfying because is tells a good story with characters one is easily identified with. Mr. LeRoy was the one that got all the elements together and gave us this classic film that is timeless.
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