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Keep Your Powder Dry
     

Keep Your Powder Dry

Director: Edward N. Buzzell

Cast: Lana Turner, Laraine Day, Susan Peters

 
A disparate group of women join the Women's Army Corps to fight WW II in this upbeat war-time drama. One of the women is a frivolous debutante who is informed that she will not receive a dime from the family fortune until she can prove herself mature enough not to squander it on nightclubs and fancy cafes. She joins up with no intention of remaining a WAC; as soon as

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A disparate group of women join the Women's Army Corps to fight WW II in this upbeat war-time drama. One of the women is a frivolous debutante who is informed that she will not receive a dime from the family fortune until she can prove herself mature enough not to squander it on nightclubs and fancy cafes. She joins up with no intention of remaining a WAC; as soon as she gets the money, she is planning to leave. Another recruit comes from an Army family and sees no other recourse than to join up to. The third gal is married to a soldier and wants to be close to him. The army brat and the debutante constantly lob barbed remarks at each other leaving the wife to try to make peace. Things get even more out of hand when the Army brat gets promoted and begins abusing her rank. Things come to a head when the debutante slaps her and is brought up on charges. Meanwhile the wife is devastated to learn that her husband has been killed. Still she says nothing and instead tries to get her other two cohorts to make up. Ironically, it is the pain of her loss that brings the three together and cements their friendship and commitment to the Corps.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Similar in kind to any number of World War II "training" movies, but with the genders reversed, Keep Your Powder Dry is an undistinguished and fairly predictable tale of three WACs and how they overcame their personal differences to become friends and allies. There's nothing in the basic story that hasn't been seen before -- and to generally better effect. Most of the "changes" come from the switched genders, with audiences laughing at how "amusing" women can be, a viewpoint that many modern audiences may find a bit offensive. Otherwise, the standard issue screenplay sets up predictable situations and provides predictable solutions; technically, it works and even though it's manipulative, it still brings a tear or two near the end, but it's not particularly good writing. Edward N. Buzzell's direction is adequate to the job. He keeps things moving at a decent pace and makes sure the leading players have their "money" moments, but he doesn't bring any real flair to his work. Fortunately, the stars of the picture provide some pizzazz. Lana Turner is in real fighting trim and well cast as the self-centered socialite. Laraine Day gets to play against type as the coldly efficient Army brat, and does very well. And Susan Peters is quite good as the self-sacrificing one who holds the trio together. Throw in the always welcome Agnes Moorehead and an amusing Natalie Schafer and you have a cast that does quite well with routine material.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/06/2010
UPC:
0883316257920
Original Release:
1945
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:33:00
Sales rank:
44,621

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Performance Credits
Lana Turner Valerie Parks
Laraine Day Leigh Rand
Susan Peters Ann Darrison
Agnes Moorehead Lt. Col. Spottiswoode
Bill Johnson Capt. Bill Barclay
Natalie Schafer Harriet Corwin
Lee Patrick Gladys Hopkins
Jess Barker Junior Vanderheusen
June Lockhart Sarah Swanson
Marta Linden Capt. Sanders
Tim Murdock Capt. Joseph Mannering
Marie Blake Actor
Rex Evans Marco Cummings
Michael Kirby Capt. John Darrison
Ruth Lee Instructor
Henry O'Neill Brig. Gen. Rand
Shirley Patterson WAC Brooks
George Peters Lieutenant
Claire Rochelle WAC Corporals
Sondra Rodgers WAC Hodgekins
Elizabeth Russell WAC Sergeant
Ray Teal Army Captain
Geraldine Wall Judo Instructor
Pierre Watkin Mr. Lorrison
Claire Whitney Fitter
Barbara Sears WAC McBride
Early Cantrell WAC Company Commander
Rita Dunn Actor

Technical Credits
Edward N. Buzzell Director
George Bruce Screenwriter
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
George Haight Producer
Frank E. Hull Editor
Ralph S. Hurst Set Decoration/Design
Irene Costumes/Costume Designer
Ray June Cinematographer
Marion Herwood Keyes Costumes/Costume Designer
Mary C. McCall Screenwriter
David Snell Score Composer
Leonid Vasian Art Director
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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