Homecoming

Overview

When Homecoming was first released in 1948, some observers felt that Clark Gable's unusually sensitive performance was based on his own memories of losing his wife Carole Lombard in a 1942 plane crash. Intriguingly, Gable's Homecoming co-star is Lana Turner, with whom it was rumored that he was having an affair at the time of Lombard's death. Told in flashback, the story concerns the romance of war-time army surgeon Ulysses Delby Johnson Gable and Red Cross nurse Lt. Jane "Snapshot" McCall Turner. Though married,...
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Overview

When Homecoming was first released in 1948, some observers felt that Clark Gable's unusually sensitive performance was based on his own memories of losing his wife Carole Lombard in a 1942 plane crash. Intriguingly, Gable's Homecoming co-star is Lana Turner, with whom it was rumored that he was having an affair at the time of Lombard's death. Told in flashback, the story concerns the romance of war-time army surgeon Ulysses Delby Johnson Gable and Red Cross nurse Lt. Jane "Snapshot" McCall Turner. Though married, Johnson cannot help to be drawn to Jane as they slog through the hellish battlegrounds of Italy and France. As the war draws to a close, Johnson is faced with a dilemma: how can he find happiness with Jane without bringing misery to his beloved wife Penny Anne Baxter. As it turns out, Fate intervenes to solve Johnson's problem. Though well-acted and directed, Homecoming is just too thin to be spread out over 12 reels.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Although Homecoming was a big box office hit in its day, it's actually a fairly dull film. As is so often the case, the blame rests primarily on the material, in this case the treacly soap opera concocted by Paul Osborn and Jan Lustig from the Sidney Kingsley story. Homecoming makes claims to being a sensitive drama about the issues confronting men returning from war, but it uses that setting for sheer, unadulterated melodrama, and doesn't sacrifice any occasion to bring out tired cliché after tired cliché from the soap opera handbook. Director Mervyn LeRoy doesn't try to battle the soapiness of the material, which is probably just as well, but opts instead to play it for all its worth, never missing an opportunity to highlight his handsome leading man and gorgeous leading lady in the most flattering way possible. (He doesn't do too shabbily by second leads Anne Baxter and John Hodiak either.) But it's Clark Gable and Lana Turner that drive this movie, pushing it with all their considerable movie star skill and turning in a couple of pretty fine performances. It doesn't make Homecoming good, but it certainly makes it a heck of a lot more palatable.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/2009
  • UPC: 883316126851
  • Original Release: 1948
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: B&W / Pan & Scan
  • Time: 1:52:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 7,681

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clark Gable Ulysses Delby Johnson
Lana Turner Lt. Jane "Snapshot" McCall
Anne Baxter Penny Johnson
John Hodiak Dr. Robert Sunday
Ray Collins Lt. Col. Avory Silver
Gladys Cooper Mrs. Kirby
Cameron Mitchell Monkevickz
Marshall Thompson Sgt. McKeen
Lurene Tuttle Miss Stoker
Jessie Grayson Sarah
Eloise Hardt Nurse
John Albright Corpsman
Frank Arnold Maitre d'Hotel
Art Baker Williams
Gregg Barton Captain
Francine Bordeaux
Nina Borget Newswoman
Thomas E. Breen Young Man
James Bush Instructor
Wally Cassell Patient
Wheaton Chambers Doctor
Dorothy Christy Guest
Mme. Louise Colombet Frenchwoman
Edwin Cooper Head Surgeon
Jeff Corey Cigarette Smoker
Joseph Crehan Col. Morgan
Leslie Denison British Colonel
Vernon P. Downing British Soldier
Mimi Doyle
Phil Dunham Elevator Operator
Mary Jo Ellis
William Forrest
Alan Hale Jr. M.P.
Jerry Jerome Lieutenant
J. Louis Johnson Sol
Virginia Kelly
Michael Kirby
Jeanne Lafayette Girl
Nolan Leary Doctor
Queenie Leonard
Alphonse Martell
Frank Mayo Doctor
Charles Meredith Major
Ralph Montgomery
Roger Moore
Bert Moorhouse
Anne Nagel Guest
David Newell Surgeon
Jay Norris Officer
Arthur O'Connell Driver
Broderick O'Farrell
Ted Offenbecker Clerk
Gaylord "Steve" Pendleton Orderly
Albert Pollet Waiter
George Sherwood
Lew Smith Corpsman
Arthur Space Col. Norton
William Tannen Attendant
Geraldine Wall Head Nurse
Dan Quigg
Kay Mansfield Mrs. Lovette
David Clarke Sergeant
James Taggart
Fern Eggen
Honor Blackman
Technical Credits
Mervyn LeRoy Director
Jack Dawn Makeup
Randall Duell Art Director
John D. Dunning Editor
Sidney Franklin Producer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Arnold A. Gillespie Special Effects
Henry W. Grace Set Decoration/Design
Bronislau Kaper Score Composer
Jan Lustig Screenwriter
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Paul Osborn Screenwriter
Charles Previn Musical Direction/Supervision
Helen Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
Harold Hal Rosson Cinematographer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
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