So Proudly We Hail
First screened in January 2016
Director: Mark Sandrich. Cast: Claudette Colbert, Paulette Goddard, George Reeves, Sonny Tufts, Veronica Lake, Mary Servoss, Barbara Britton, Mary Treen, Dorothy Adams, Kitty Kelly, Lorna Gray, Helen Lynd, Joan Tours, Hugh Ho Chang, Ted Hecht, Walter Abel, Boyd Davis, John Litel, Jean Willes, Lynn Walker, Jan Wiley, James Bell, Dick Hogan, Eddie Dew, Harry Strang, Michael Harvey, Will Wright, James Flavin, Bill Goodwin, Elsa Janssen, Byron Foulger, Richard Crane, William Forrest. Screenplay: Allan Scott.

Twitter Capsule: Colorful, moving drama of WW2 nursing squad, if occasionally sticky and contrived. Impressive bombing sequences.

VOR:   Noteworthy as woman-driven wartime cinema that totally sidesteps the homefront and as a gesture at incorporation nonwhite and non-US perspectives—with uneven success, to be sure.

Photo © 1943 Paramount Pictures

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Supporting Actress: Paulette Goddard
Best Original Screenplay: Allan Scott
Best Cinematography (Black & White): Charles Lang
Best Special Effects: Farciot Edouart, Gordon Jennings, and George Dutton

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