So Proudly We Hail! (1943)

“I never get wounded.” – Kansas

Number of Times Seen – 1 (11 Jun 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A group of combat nurses serving in the Pacific during the early days of World War II must deal with the jobs, love and the horrors of war all at once.

My Take on it – This is another film in the long line of movies that I had never even heard of before coming across it on the list of films that managed to get an Oscar nomination for one of its actors.

I was pleasantly surprised to see that this wasn’t a typical war romance film and they manage to hit on some very sensitive subject within the constellation of the story.

We are easily brought into the mindset of the many women who have been thrust into these kind of combat situations due to their status as nurses.

It doesn’t matter if this film is about World War II or any other war because the situations that these characters deal with are all quite universal.

The cast of this film is great and they each feel quite genuine in what they do which helps give us some enjoyable side stories about the lives of all of these women which in turn helps develop them even more for us.

Claudette Colbert is the obvious standout in the lead role and she is helped by Paulette Goddard and Veronica Lake who are also both quite exceptional in the roles they play.

Goddard managed to get an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her work in this film.

On the male side, George Reeves, Sammy Tufts and Walter Abel are interesting in their roles even if they somewhat seem like caricatures of the various kinds of soldiers on the front lines.

This movie manages to keep the actual onscreen carnage quite tame, yet they still find ways to give us the full effect since so much is alluded to along the way.

The story is told in a way that it makes us feel as if we could be right there with the characters  while they are in the midst of a bloody and dangerous war zone.

Bottom Line – Very interesting film that manages to get us into the mindset of women who did this kind of war in the war zones of World War II as well as other wars. The cast is great and they achieve the goal of giving us some great side stories of these characters which helps in the development of each of them. Colbert obviously stands out in the lead role, but Lake and Goddard are also great here. Reeves, Tufts and Abel all play caricatures of soldiers on the front yet still are able to get the point across. The carnage in this film is quite tame, but they allude to much more throughout and are able to make us feel as if we are right there with them in the midst of this bloody and dangerous war. Goddard was deservingly nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her work here. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In keeping with Army regulation, Veronica Lake (Lt. Olivia D’Arcy) changed her famous “peek-a-boo” hairstyle. She only let her hair down once, in her final scene. Later she cut it, with much publicity, because women who copied her and worked in factories kept getting their hair caught in the machinery. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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