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Never Wave at a WAC (1953)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, Romance | 28 January 1953 (USA)
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
Regis Toomey ... Gen. Ned Prager
Frieda Inescort ... Lily Mae Gorham
Louise Beavers ... Artamesa
Omar N. Bradley ... Gen. Omar Bradley
Vince Townsend Jr. Vince Townsend Jr. ... Henry
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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:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

28 January 1953 (USA) See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The first outside production filmed at Walt Disney Studios. 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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WAC Song
by Jane Douglass (as Jane Douglas) and Camilla Mays Frank
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Russell gets the "Private Benjamin" treatment in wacky comedy...
9 January 2008 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

When ROSALIND RUSSELL wasn't doing heavy emoting in films like MOURNING BECOMES ELECTRA, she was doing wacky comedies like NEVER WAVE AT A WAC and proving that she had comic flair even in sub-standard material.

This is a forerunner of the "Private Benjamin" type of service story--or the "See Here Private Hargrove" type of thing, where a disgruntled serviceman (or woman) finds life in the Army rough going when given some deliberately hectic chores to do. MARIE Wilson is another unlikely recruit who's fighting off advances from an overeager sergeant, LEIF ERICKSON.

The gags are fast and furious but not too original as Russell is given some challenging assignments by PAUL DOUGLAS, as the man who eventually wins her heart. None of it is very convincing and Russell certainly had better opportunities in other smarter comedies during the '30s and '40s.

Passes the time, but not really worth watching unless you're a Russell fan.


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