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So Proudly We Hail!

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Overview

Paramount's So Proudly We Hail, like MGM's Cry Havoc, is a tribute to the Red Cross nurses trapped behind enemy lines in the early days of the Pacific war. Claudette Colbert is the self-sacrificing head nurse, struggling to minister to the wounded and to keep her staff including Paulette Goddard, Veronica Lake and Barbara Britton, all of them giving better than usual performances from buckling under the pressure. Taking into consideration the regular fans of the film's female cast, the producers thoughtfully ...
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Overview

Paramount's So Proudly We Hail, like MGM's Cry Havoc, is a tribute to the Red Cross nurses trapped behind enemy lines in the early days of the Pacific war. Claudette Colbert is the self-sacrificing head nurse, struggling to minister to the wounded and to keep her staff including Paulette Goddard, Veronica Lake and Barbara Britton, all of them giving better than usual performances from buckling under the pressure. Taking into consideration the regular fans of the film's female cast, the producers thoughtfully include several scenes in which the ladies pursue their romantic lives. The story culminates with the fall of Bataan, ending on a resigned but optimistic note; this finale was designed to lift the spirits of the audience, which in 1943 wasn't so certain as Hollywood of final victory. So Proudly We Hail was not only effective propaganda though not as effective as Cry Havoc, but it also enabled Paramount to introduce its new crop of male hunks--including the estimable Sonny Tufts.
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Special Features

Exclusive Introduction by Turner Classic Movies Host and Film Historian Robert Osborne, Theatrical Trailer.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
So Proudly We Hail! is a moving, stirring, and powerful World War II film, and unusual (although not unique) in the emphasis it places on the role of women during the war. Because of that focus -- and because of the stars cast in the leading female roles -- Hail features a good deal more romance than most war films, but it does not stint on the action. Indeed, the battle sequences are among the finest put on the screen during the time, with special effects work that is exemplary. More importantly, Hail doesn't glamorize the war; the fighting is painful and the consequences of the war are in plain sight. Occasionally, Hailfalls prey to a little flag waving where some restraint would have produced better drama, and there are occasional slurs from the period (though not as many as in other war films of the period), and So Proudly We Hail! could stand to lose a few minutes here and there. But these flaws in its writing and pacing are very slight; indeed, director Mark Sandrich turns in some of his very finest work here. He draws an exceptional performance from Paulette Goddard, plays to the very considerable strengths of the always winning Claudette Colbert, produces fine work from Veronica Lake, and gives George Reeves a chance to really shine. Even Sonny Tufts comes across as an actor rather than a pretty boy. Throw in some magnificent Charles B. Lang lensing, and the result is a top-drawer picture that packs plenty of punch.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/22/2007
  • UPC: 025193236623
  • Original Release: 1943
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  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Remastered / Full Frame
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:06:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 30,975

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Claudette Colbert Lt. Janet Davidson
Paulette Goddard Lt. Joan O'Doul
Veronica Lake Lt. Olivia D'Arcy
George Reeves Lt. John Summers
Barbara Britton Lt. Rosemary Larson
Walter Abel Chaplain
Sonny Tufts Kansas
Mary Servoss Capt. "Ma" McGregor
Ted Hecht Dr. Jose Bardia
Dick Hogan Flight Lt. Archie McGregor
James Bell Col. White
Lorna Gray Lt. Tony Dacolli
Dorothy Adams Lt. Irma Emerson
Kitty Kelly Lt. Ethel Armstrong
Bill Goodwin Capt. O'Rourke
Mary Treen Lt. Sadie Schwartz
Helen Lynd Lt. Elsie Bollenbacher
Jean Willes Lt. Carol Johnson
Jan Wiley Lt. Lynne Hopkins
Lynn Walker Lt. Fay Leonard
William Forrest Major
James Flavin Capt. O'Brien
Byron Foulger Mr. Larson
Richard Crane Georgie Larson
Elsa Janssen Mrs. Larson
James Millican Young ensign
Victor Kilian Corporal
Damian O'Flynn 1st young doctor
Frances Morris Nurse
Mimi Doyle Nurse
Julia Faye Nurse
Isabel Cooper Filipino Nurse
Dr. Hugh Ho Chang Ling Chee
John Litel Dr. Harrison
Ann Doran Lt. Betty Peterson
Hazel Keener Nurse
Boyd Davis Col. Mason
Will Wright Col. Clark
Roy Gordon Ship's captain
Jack Luden Steward
Harry Strang Maj. Arthur
Edward Dew Capt. Lawrence
Yvonne de Carlo Girl
Hank Worden Soldier on Troop Ship
Linda Brent Filipino Nurse
Edward Earle Doctor
Byron Shores Doctor
Hugh Prosser Captain
Technical Credits
Mark Sandrich Director, Producer
Hans Dreier Art Director
George Dutton Special Effects
Farciot Edouart Special Effects
Edward Hayman Songwriter
Earl Hedrick Art Director
Edward Heyman Songwriter
Ellsworth Hoagland Editor
Gordon Jennigns Special Effects
Charles B. Lang Cinematographer
Miklós Rózsa Score Composer, Songwriter
Allan Scott Screenwriter
Stephen Seymour Set Decoration/Design
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Menu

Disc #1 -- So Proudly We Hail
   Introduction
   Trailer
   Subtitles
      Subtitles: English SDH
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Off
   Play
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    So Proudly We Hail

    This film follows the lives of a band of army nurses as they serve overseas. Claudette Colbert leads an award winning cast including Veronica Lake and Paulette Goddard. The movies at its best moments, of which there are many, will bring you to tears thinking of the often forgotten women who risked their lives in service.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great movie!

    I stumbled across this movie years ago on a late-night cable channel and just loved it! Claudette Colbert is wonderful in any movie she's in, and the supporting cast of Goddard and Lake are great as well. There are so many WW2 movies out there and it's refreshing to see a glimpse of the war from the nurses side as well. Check it out--you won't be disappointed.

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