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Battle Circus (1953)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | 6 March 1953 (USA)
Set in Korea and made during the war, this is the love story of a hard-bitten Army surgeon, and a new nurse ready to save the world.

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Nurse Lt. Ruth McGara is assigned to a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) unit near the front lines of the Korean War. There she meets and is roughly romanced by Major Jed Webbe, one of the unit's surgeons. Webbe is pushy and seems to care only for momentary pleasures, but McGara falls for him just the same. Their romance blossoms in the midst of overwhelming numbers of casualties, threats from the enemy and from the weather, and emergency evacuations that test the mettle of even a unit whose very name suggests quick mobility. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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M-G-M's great drama of desire under fire!

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Drama | Romance | War

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6 March 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

MASH 66  »

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Budget:

$1,201,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,627,000, 31 December 1953

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,362,000, 31 December 1953
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1.37 : 1
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Robert Keith, who played the colonel, also played an army colonel in the film Men at War. See more »

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Soon following the scene in which Alyson gets the grenade away from the Korean soldier the scene changes to outside where a chopper is a mere 15-20 feet from a tent. No way would a tent, even with the sturdiest of canvas with 10-foot deep stakes, survive the wind storm of the chopper landing so close. See more »

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Teaming Bogart with June Allyson was a big mistake...
23 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

"Battle Circus" is another vehicle written and directed by Richard Brooks, with less satisfying results… Very likely the major fault was in teaming Bogart with June Allyson, an actress of extremely limited range whose perpetually simpering attitude and breathy whining of lines must surely have kept Bogart's nerves on edge…

The idea of the film was a sound one, a semi-documentary approach at portraying the day-by-day activities of a mobile field hospital behind the front lines during the Korean War…

The film fell apart, however, when an almost juvenile love plot interceded… One laughable scene found Allyson disarming a partially crazed prisoner who was threatening to blow everyone up with a hand grenade, thereby proving her courage under fire to a rather uninterested Bogart, who finally falls in love with her…


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