Force of Arms

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Overview

A Girl for Joe was the reissue title for the 1951 WWII romantic drama Force of Arms. William Holden and Nancy Olson, previously teamed in Sunset Boulevard and Union Station, co-star once more as, respectively, an Army sergeant and a WAC officer. While on leave, Holden and Olson fall in love, but before long Holden is sent back to the front. Surviving the battle of San Pietro, Holden is tortured by the fact that he may have "choked" under fire, indirectly causing the deaths of his CO Frank Lovejoy and several of ...
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Overview

A Girl for Joe was the reissue title for the 1951 WWII romantic drama Force of Arms. William Holden and Nancy Olson, previously teamed in Sunset Boulevard and Union Station, co-star once more as, respectively, an Army sergeant and a WAC officer. While on leave, Holden and Olson fall in love, but before long Holden is sent back to the front. Surviving the battle of San Pietro, Holden is tortured by the fact that he may have "choked" under fire, indirectly causing the deaths of his CO Frank Lovejoy and several of his comrades. Even after his happy marriage to Olson, Holden cannot purge himself of his guilt feelings. Despite his wife's protestations, Holden re-ups to atone for past mistakes. Told that Holden is missing in action, Nancy refuses to give her husband up for dead and heads for the front herself. Officially based on a short story by Richard Tregaskis, this drama is actually a semi-remake of Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms, previously filmed in 1932 this may partially explain why Warner Bros., producers of Force of Arms, purchased the rights to the 1932 film.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/13/1995
  • UPC: 085391329237
  • Original Release: 1951
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Holden Peterson
Nancy Olson Eleanor
Frank Lovejoy Maj. Blackford
Gene Evans McFee
Dick Wesson Klein
Paul Picerni Sheridan
Katherine Warren Maj. Waldron, WAC
Ross Ford Hooker
Ron Hagerthy PFC Minto
Mario Siletti Signor Maduvalli
Argentina Brunetti Signora Maduvalli
Amelia Cova Lea
Don Gordon Sgt. Weber
Philip Carey
Anna Demetrio Mama Mia
Ron Hargrave Remington
Henry Kulky Sgt. Reiser
John McGuire Doctor
Jay Richards Guard
Robert Roark Frank
Dick Wessel Klein
Joan Winfield Nurse
Technical Credits
Michael Curtiz Director
Edward Carrere Art Director
Orin Jannings Screenwriter
Owen Marks Editor
Ted D. McCord Cinematographer
Max Steiner Score Composer
Anthony Veiller Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2002

    Curtiz and Steiner a Great Film Team

    William Holden was my favorite actor during the decade of the 1950's. Having said that, his starring role in ''Force of Arms'', produced in 1951, was greatly enhanced by the director of that film Michael Curtiz. In many of the films of Michael Curtiz, a theme of fortune, failure, and finally redemption runs through them. Both he and the writer of the music score in ''Force of Arms'', Max Steiner, were to team up to produce many of the classic films for Warner Brothers Pictures during the 1930's, 40's, and 50's. ''Force of Arms'' was one of their best efforts and it remains on my ''ten-bset'' list of classic films.

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