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Battle Hymn (1957)

A remorseful bomber pilot-turned-minister rejoins for the Korean War.

Director:

Douglas Sirk
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rock Hudson ... Colonel Dean E. Hess
Anna Kashfi ... En Soon Yang
Dan Duryea ... Sergeant Herman
Don DeFore ... Captain Dan Skidmore
Martha Hyer ... Mary Hess
Jock Mahoney ... Major Frank Moore
Alan Hale Jr. ... Mess Sergeant (as Alan Hale)
James Edwards ... Lieutenant Maples
Carl Benton Reid ... Deacon Edwards
Richard Loo ... General Kim (scenes deleted)
Philip Ahn ... Lu Ahn - Old Man
Bartlett Robinson ... General Timberidge
Simon Scott Simon Scott ... Lieutenant Hollis
Teru Shimada ... Korean Official
Carleton Young ... Major Harrison
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Storyline

Dean Hess, who entered the ministry to atone for bombing a German orphanage, decides he's a failure at preaching. Rejoined to train pilots early in the Korean War, he finds Korean orphans raiding the airbase garbage. With a pretty Korean teacher, he sets up an orphanage for them and others. But he finds that to protect his charges, he has to kill. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The true story of Col. Dean Hess, clergyman turned fighter pilot!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Korean

Release Date:

14 February 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

By Faith I Fly See more »

Filming Locations:

Seoul, South Korea See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)| Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)| Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The gold flying helmet with the United Nations emblem that Rock Hudson wears was Dean Hess' actual helmet. It was a Navy-issue helmet that Hess scrounged from a Navy pilot who crash-landed at their airfield in Korea (since the Navy pilot was going to be issued a new helmet as a result of the crash-landing). The helmet is now on display at the US Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, OH. See more »

Goofs

When Skidmore is wounded and coming back to land, the exterior shots show the canopy open, but in the closeups of Don DeFore (Skidmore) the canopy is closed. See more »

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Capt. Dan Skidmore: I thought I knew how to live. I don't. Now I don't know how to die.
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Wait for the Wagon
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Sung by Jock Mahoney and soldiers during Thanksgiving celebration.
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MisInformation
14 December 2007 | by wcallen1369See all my reviews

I am sick and tired of the misinformation that is constantly related about Colonel Hess. He was NOT a fighter pilot turned minister, it was the other way around. He was an ordained minister before joining the U S Army Air Force, as it was called in World War Two. Although he could have been a Chaplain, he did not feel that he could bless others for doing something he wasn't willing to do. If he had conflicts on the set of the movie, it was because of the way the Director wanted to portray him, not because he wanted to appear "Holier Than Thou". Anyone who wants the facts should read the book "Battle Hymn". It is out of print, but should be available through Amazon or Alibris. The orphanage bombing incident did take place. It happened because a bomb hung up on his P-47 (NOT a P-51 as shown in the movie) it was not a deliberate act. The incident did haunt him the rest of his life, But he saved many more orphans than were killed. "Operation Kiddy Car" was a real happening. As a final note, the money Hess received for the Screen Rights to his book, were given to the Korean Orphanage to repair its roof


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