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Never Wave at a WAC (1953)

A shallow society matron is urged by her senator father to join the Women's Army Corps.

Director:

Norman Z. McLeod

Writers:

Ken Englund (screenplay), Frederick Kohner (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Rosalind Russell ... Jo McBain
Paul Douglas ... Andrew McBain
Marie Wilson ... Clara Schneiderman / Danger O'Dowd
William Ching ... Lt. Col. Schuyler 'Sky' Fairchild
Arleen Whelan ... Sgt. Toni Wayne
Leif Erickson ... Sgt. Norbert 'Noisy' Jackson
Hillary Brooke ... First Lt. Phyllis Turnbull
Charles Dingle ... Sen. Tom Reynolds
Lurene Tuttle ... Capt. Murchinson, Company CO
Regis Toomey ... Gen. Ned Prager
Frieda Inescort ... Lily Mae Gorham
Louise Beavers ... Artamesa, Jo's Maid
Omar N. Bradley ... Gen. Omar Bradley
Vince Townsend Jr. Vince Townsend Jr. ... Henry, Jo's Servant
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Storyline

A divorced socialite decides to join the Army because she hopes it will enable her to see more of her boyfriend, a Colonel. She soon encounters many difficulties with the Army lifestyle. Moreover, her ex-husband is working as a consultant with the Army, and he uses his position to disrupt her romantic plans by making her join a group of WACs who are testing new equipment. Written by Snow Leopard

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Roz, that "Wonderful Town" Gal, and Marie - on a laugh-loaded spree!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 January 1953 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to a contemporary newspaper article, First Lady Mamie Eisenhower refused to attend the film's premier at a Washington, DC theater because it had segregated seating. See more »

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When the army truck, which had been following Jo and Sky, pulls up at the barracks after the Arctic tests, banks of studio lights are visible in reflection in the truck's windshield. See more »

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Featured in Life Is a Banquet (2009) See more »

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WAC Song
by Jane Douglass (as Jane Douglas) and Camilla Mays Frank
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Amusing lark
8 October 2006 | by hbaird334See all my reviews

I stumbled across this movie one sleepness night and rarely have I ever enjoyed insomnia so much. It has to be the inspiration for Goldie Hawn's "Private Benjamin" and the innocence of the era in which this movie was made (1952) seems to add to the enjoyment.

The film quality and overall production seems to hint at a low budget affair but again this only adds to the charm. The actors work well together and you can tell that the players enjoyed working together.

Rosalind Russell, as Jo McBain comes through as a real sport by allowing her character to be put through several hilarious and humbling situations. And most of those situations are created by the doings of Paul Douglas who plays Ms. Russell's likable ex-husband Andrew. And of course there is the "third wheel" in the story, a love interest of Jo McBain's, Lt. Colonel Schuyler Fairchild who is played solidly by William Ching. Andrw McBain's actions are driven by a desire to keep his ex-wife Jo and Colonel Fairchild apart.

Adding to the pippiness is a cameo by World War II hero General Omar Bradley playing himself. Old movie buffs who have not seen this work will most certainly enjoy and appreciate it.


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