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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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Maj. Jed Webbe
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Lt. Ruth McGara
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Sgt. Orvil Statt
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Lt. Col. Hilary Walters
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Capt. John 'Rusty' Rustford
Perry Sheehan ...
Lt. Laurence
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Lt. Rose Ashland
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Lt. Jane Franklin
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Adjutant
Ann Morrison ...
Lt. Edith Edwards
Helen Winston ...
Lt. Graciano
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Capt. Dobbs
Danny Chang ...
Korean Child
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Korean Prisoner
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Sergeant
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Lieutenant
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Capt. Norson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ralph Ahn ...
Korean Prisoner (uncredited)
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British Officer (uncredited)
Robert Board ...
Corporal (uncredited)
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Division Surgeon (uncredited)
W.T. Chang ...
Korean Father (uncredited)
Elsie Chew ...
Korean Child (uncredited)
Jim Cronin ...
Enlisted Man (uncredited)
Victor Desny ...
French U.N. Soldier (uncredited)
Roger Etienne ...
French U.N. Soldier (uncredited)
Josh Fields ...
Assistant Doctor (uncredited)
Michael Galloway ...
Enlisted Man (uncredited)
Patrick Lee Holmes ...
General's Son (uncredited)
Ted Jordan ...
Casualty (uncredited)
Joseph Keane ...
Soldier (uncredited)
Richard Landry ...
Phone Operator (uncredited)
Tony Layng ...
English Casualty (uncredited)
Mickey McCardle ...
Technician (uncredited)
Roger McGee ...
Corporal (uncredited)
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Soldier (uncredited)
Alex Milstein ...
Assistant Doctor (uncredited)
Steve Mitchell ...
Driver (uncredited)
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Runnker (uncredited)
Roland Morris ...
Corporal (uncredited)
Leo Needham ...
Lieutenant (uncredited)
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Major General (uncredited)
Robert Nichols ...
Pvt. Sommers (uncredited)
William Self ...
Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)
John Sheffield ...
British Officer (uncredited)
Jamshid Sheibani ...
Turkish Soldier (uncredited)
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Soldier (uncredited)
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Colonel (uncredited)
John Tuggle ...
Soldier (uncredited)
Richard Tyler ...
Soldier (uncredited)
Tommy Walker ...
Technician (uncredited)
William Yip ...
Korean (uncredited)
Richard D. Zelechower ...
Assistant Doctor (uncredited)

Directed by

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Richard Brooks

Written by

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Allen Rivkin ... (story) and
Laura Kerr ... (story)
 
Richard Brooks ... (writer)

Produced by

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Pandro S. Berman ... producer

Music by

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Lennie Hayton

Cinematography by

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John Alton

Film Editing by

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George Boemler

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James Basevi
Cedric Gibbons

Set Decoration by

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Alfred E. Spencer
Edwin B. Willis

Makeup Department

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William Tuttle ... makeup artist
Vera Peterson ... hair stylist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Lee Katz ... unit manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Al Jennings ... assistant director

Sound Department

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Douglas Shearer ... recording supervisor

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A. Arnold Gillespie ... special effects

Stunts

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Yakima Canutt ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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John M. Nickolaus Jr. ... camera operator (uncredited)
William Riley ... assistant camera (uncredited)
William E. Thomas ... still photographer (uncredited)

Music Department

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Robert Franklyn ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Other crew

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Mary Couch ... technical advisor (as Lt. Mary Couch)
K.E. Van Buskirk ... technical advisor (as Lt. Col. K.E. Van Buskirk)
William E. Orr ... script supervisor (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines M-G-M's great drama of desire under fire! See more »
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Also Known As
  • MASH 66 (United States)
  • Le cirque infernal (France)
  • Campo de batalla (Spain)
  • Helden zonder roem (Netherlands)
  • Circul de batalie (Romania)
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  • 90 min
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Budget $1,201,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Humphrey Bogart accidentally set his left thumb afire with lighter fluid while filming the scene in which his character burns some documents. The accident is visible in the film. See more »
Goofs Shots of the helicopter main rotor speed taken from the outside as it is flying do not match the speed shown from the inside shots. The rotor is going very slowly when viewed from inside and could not sustain flight. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Hollywood: The Dream Factory (1972). See more »

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