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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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The most beautiful love story ever told! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

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Details

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

Also known by the title "A Girl for Joe". 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 A Farewell to Arms (1966) See more »

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it's all out of place
12 September 2010 | by edumacatedSee all my reviews

this film was written about, but not about wwII. the location of the ridges of italy was no accident. it was picked to more replicate the terrain of the war being fought at the time of filming--and that was the almost brand new, ugly war in Korea.

so what we have is a prior war standing in for an all too real non-declared war in Korea. the administration called it a police action. and this one was treated as a fart in a tea bag. despite how warlike it felt to the men who were fighting it.

so instead of the us making korean war films, during what they called a conflict, they made wwII films--what a rip-off. no wonder the korean vets call this the forgotten war.

all you can say is: anything that comes out of hollywoods mandated ignorance of non-reality has to be crap.

the true reality being: you can't make a decent war movie without several years passing after the conflict--especially when the war you're filming is not the one you're filming.


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