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So Proudly We Hail!

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So Proudly We Hail!
So Proudly We Heil!.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMark Sandrich
Produced byMark Sandrich
Written byAllan Scott
StarringClaudette Colbert
Paulette Goddard
Veronica Lake
Music byEdward Heyman
Miklós Rózsa
CinematographyCharles Lang
Edited byEllsworth Hoagland
Production
company
Paramount Pictures
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • September 9, 1943 (1943-09-09)
Running time
126 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$3 million (US rentals)[1]

So Proudly We Hail! is a 1943 American war film directed and produced by Mark Sandrich and starring Claudette Colbert, Paulette Goddard – who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance – and Veronica Lake. Also featuring George Reeves, it was produced and released by Paramount Pictures.

The film follows a group of military nurses sent to the Philippines during the early days of World War II. The movie was based on a book written by Lieutenant Colonel Juanita Hipps,[2] a World War II nurse – one of the "Angels of Bataan" – who served in Bataan and Corregidor during the time when McArthur withdrew to Australia which ultimately led to the surrender of US and Philippine troops to Japanese forces. Those prisoners of war were subjected to the Bataan Death March. The film was also based, in part, on Hipps' memoir I Served on Bataan.

Plot

The story covers many day-to-day events and contrasts the brutality of war against the sometimes futile efforts of the nurses to provide medical aid and comfort. Each of the nurses has a past or present love story with a soldier. Flashback narration and a sequence where the nurses and injured soldiers are stranded in Malinta Tunnel pinned down by aircraft fire are two notable aspects of the film.

The movie was very timely, released just 13 months after the end of the Battle of the Philippines, with focus on allied efforts at Bataan and Corregidor as well as MacArthur's dramatic escape from the Philippines. Although the love-story plot line is the primary thrust of the film, the difficulties and emotional toll of war are also shown.

Cast

Production

The film originally was titled Hands of Mercy. It was announced in July 1942 with Allan Scott to write the script and director March Sandrich.[3]

In August 1942, the title was changed to So Proudly We Hail.[4] The same month Claudette Colbert was announced for the lead.[5]

Cry Havoc, a play about nurses on the Bataan peninsula, had been much criticized for its inaccuracies so Paramount took extra care with the film to get approval from the War Department and military and nursing advisers.[6]

MacDonald Carey and Joel McCrea reportedly were meant to star at one stage.[7] Paulette Goddard reportedly had the script rewritten so her role was as prominent as Colbert's.[8] George Reeves was borrowed from producer Harry Sherman.[9] Sonny Tufts made his debut in the movie.

Reception

Diabolique magazine wrote that "Lake's breakdown scene shows her limitations but overall it's a splendidly effective performance, with a spectacular on-screen death – she should have played more death scenes in her career, she had a very good track record in that department."[10]

Accolades

The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists:

Adaptations

So Proudly We Hail was adapted for the Lux Radio Theatre on November 1, 1943 with Colbert, Goddard, and Lake reprising their original roles.

Awards

The film was nominated for four Academy Awards:[12]

References

  1. ^ "Top Grossers of the Season", Variety, 5 January 1944 p 54
  2. ^ Juanita Redmond Hipps – Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army
  3. ^ "SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD". New York Times. 30 July 1942. p. 17.
  4. ^ "SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD: Kober to Write Vehicle for Danny Kaye Based on Stage Play, 'Sometimes I'm Happy' FILM TO AID WAR WORK United Artists Will Make the 'Stage Door Canteen,' Profits Going to the Theatre Wing". Aug 11, 1942. p. 15.
  5. ^ "Fay Bainter, Spring Byington and Lionel Barrymore Join Cast of 'Human Comedy'". New York Times. Aug 29, 1942. p. 18.
  6. ^ THOMAS F. BRADY (Dec 6, 1942). "WHAT'S NEWS IN HOLLYWOOD?: Fictitious Drama About Bataan Nurses Draws Rebuke -- Other Items". New York Times.
  7. ^ "SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD:". New York Times. Oct 20, 1942. p. 25.
  8. ^ "Hedda Hopper's HOLLYWOOD". Los Angeles Times. Nov 9, 1942. p. 23.
  9. ^ "SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD". New York Times. Nov 12, 1942. p. 31.
  10. ^ Vagg, Stephen (11 February 2020). "The Cinema of Veronica Lake". Diabolique Magazine.
  11. ^ "AFI's 100 Years...100 Cheers Nominees" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-08-14.
  12. ^ "The 16th Academy Awards (1944) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2013-06-22.

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