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Force of Arms (1951)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | 13 August 1951 (USA)
During World War II in Italy, an American sergeant and WAC lieutenant take time out for romance.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Orin Jannings (screenplay), Richard Tregaskis (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Holden ... Sgt. John 'Pete' Peterson
Nancy Olson ... Lt. Eleanor MacKay
Frank Lovejoy ... Maj. Blackford
Gene Evans ... Sgt. Smiley 'Mac' McFee
Dick Wesson ... Kleiner
Paul Picerni ... Sheridan
Katherine Warren ... Maj. Waldron
Ross Ford ... Hooker
Ron Hagerthy ... Minto
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Storyline

Winter, 1943. The German army has halted the American advance in the mountains of Italy; back-and-forth combat decimates Joe Peterson's platoon. On leave in Naples, Joe meets WAC lieutenant Eleanor MacKay; initially cool, she begins to melt during a bombing raid. Their romance develops despite Joe's periodic returns to the front. But whether he'll come back in the end becomes more than doubtful... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Taglines:

There's no force in all the world like arms that say 'I love you'! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

13 August 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Girl for Joe See more »

Filming Locations:

Malibu, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The lapel insignia Lt. MacKay wears on her uniform is the head of the Greek goddess Pallas Athene, which represents Wisdom, Crafts and Victory - meant to symbolize the purpose of the WACs in WWII. See more »

Goofs

Just after Frank Lovejoy (Maj.) tells William Holden (Sgt.) about his promotion to Lt.; Holden puts on a jacket with his sergeant stiles on it. They drive to a restaurant/bar (Mama Mia's) and his jacket no longer has any sign of stripes. When stripes are removed the impression of the stripes and the stitching can still be seen. His jacket is absolutely pristine. Even if the stripes came off without leaving any marks at all; there would a clean spot where the stripes were. Later, when now-Lt. Peterson is talking to Lt. MacKay in the mail room, the remnants of his old Sergeant's stripes are clearly visible on his left sleeve. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sgt. Smiley 'Mac' McFee: Don't those Krauts ever run outta ammo?
Sgt. Joe Peterson: Gee I hope they don't. When they lift their fire it means they're comin' in.
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Version of Adeus às Armas (1961) See more »

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Drama, romance, and World War II
19 December 2002 | by dinky-4See all my reviews

Some have called this an updated version of "A Farewell to Arms," but if the time has been moved forward from World War I Italy to World War II Italy, the quality has also been moved down from "memorable" to "routine." There's really nothing much wrong with this production but there's little to distinguish it, either, and one sometimes gets the uncomfortable feeling that the death and destruction of the greatest war in human history is simply being used as the background for yet another boy-meets-girl story.

William Holden has a shower scene which shows he was still, at this point in his career, in his "hairy-chested" mode. Just a few years later, beginning with "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing," he entered his "shaved chest" period.

Dick Wesson supplies some "comic relief" which is just as grating as his work in "Destination Moon."


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