Never Wave at a Wac

Overview

Self-centered Washington socialite Rosalind Russell joins the WACS in order to be near her boyfriend William Ching, a GI stationed in Paris. Russell is certain that her DC connections will enable her to get out of the service as easily as she got in. Unfortunately for her, Russell's ex-husband Paul Douglas decides to teach her a lesson by pulling a few strings himself. Several of the army-camp scenes are stolen by Marie Wilson as an amply proportioned chorus girl, who's joined the WACS to escape stage-door ...
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Overview

Self-centered Washington socialite Rosalind Russell joins the WACS in order to be near her boyfriend William Ching, a GI stationed in Paris. Russell is certain that her DC connections will enable her to get out of the service as easily as she got in. Unfortunately for her, Russell's ex-husband Paul Douglas decides to teach her a lesson by pulling a few strings himself. Several of the army-camp scenes are stolen by Marie Wilson as an amply proportioned chorus girl, who's joined the WACS to escape stage-door johnnies. Filmed in part on location at the Women's Army Corps training center at Fort Lee, Virginia, Never Wave at a WAC was produced by Rosalind Russell's husband, Frederick Brisson. The film was released in England as The Private Wore Skirts.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The inimitable and uniquely charming Rosalind Russell makes Never Wave at a WAC a pleasantly diverting way to pass a couple of hours. Russell's contribution to WAC's success is impossible to overestimate, for without her commanding presence, nimble way with a one-liner, willingness to throw herself into any physical demands the comedy requires and ability to turn a double-take into a very peculiar double-and-a-half-take, the film would be seriously deficient in genuine laughs. Russell is not the whole show: Marie Wilson's dumb blonde routine provokes quite a few chuckles, and Paul Douglas, with his ability to be both tough and a softy combined with a finely honed sense of comedic playing, scores heavily. But without Russell to play off of, Douglas would be working in a void, and Wilson's part is too much of a supporting role to fill in were a lesser star in Russell's place. The screenplay isn't bad, mind you, but it's pure nuts-and-bolts, the kind of vehicle that's put together in the way that it's put together because the writers know that Russell's velvet-with-ice voice is going to take the basic they give her and play it for all its worth. Even with Russell, WAC threatens to run out of steam -- but whenever it starts to, Russell girds up her loins and puts it back on track.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/29/2013
  • UPC: 089218719096
  • Original Release: 1952
  • Source: Alpha Video
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 48,968

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rosalind Russell Jo McBain
Paul Douglas Andrew McBain
Marie Wilson Clara Schneiderman
William Ching Lt. Col. Schuyler Fairchild
Arleen Whelan Sgt. Toni Wayne
Leif Erickson Sgt. Noisy Jackson
Charles Dingle Sen. Tom Reynolds
Lurene Tuttle Capt. Murchinson
Hillary Brooke Phyllis Turnbull
Regis Toomey Gen. Prager
Frieda Inescort Lily Mae Gorham
Louise Beavers Artamesa
Frances Zucco Prudence Hopewell
Bernadine Simpson Gussie Gustafson
Jean Dean Mickey Fogarty
Marya Marco Teresa Tonoku
Frances Morris Maj. Cartwright
Louise Lorimer Col. Fulbright
Lucia Carroll Lt. Kohler
Joan Blair Maj. Thompson
Madelon Mitchell Capt. McGrady
Vince Townsend Jr. Henry
Virginia Christine Lt. Myles
Olan Soule Lt. Quartermaster
Howard I. Smith Gen. Prentiss
Allan Frank Col. Colfax
Frances Helm Lt. Green
Jane Seymour Lt. Col Hubbard
Omar Bradley Himself
Helen Foster Capt. Finch
Jo Gilbert Civilian Doctor
Barbara Smith Capt. Mallory
Margo Woode Capt. Smith
Technical Credits
Norman Z. McLeod Director
Elmer Bernstein Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Fred Brady Original Story
Frederick Brisson Producer
Howard Bristol Set Decoration/Design
William H. Daniels Cinematographer
Jane Douglass Songwriter
Ken Englund Screenwriter
William Flannery Art Director
Camilla Mays Frank Songwriter
Gordon Griffith Producer
Stanley E. Johnson Editor
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