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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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New York film critics names this picture as one of the ten worst for 1948. 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 »
I feel like Gable's character gets a bad rap at the beginning of the film. I realize they are trying to show him as self-absorbed to depict his transformation through the war years. But was he really? His character had spent years of his life in school and training to be a doctor. He finally achieves his goal of being a surgeon, and by all accounts is a good one. His patients seem to love him. Is it a bad thing that he wants to have some balance in his life and enjoy time with his family and friends on the weekend? You can't work all the time or you will burn out in a high stress career like his.
I don't know, maybe I just like Gable. But I didn't find him off-putting at all at the beginning. He did a great job at work, loved his wife and tried to make time for her, was friendly with his household staff, helped the delivery boy from Chester Village..I think he was a pretty good guy.
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