The Story of Dr. Wassell (1944)


“Unless the Japanese can be stopped, it will be impossible for any of your 42 wounded sailors to escape. ” – Dutch Army Captain

Number of Times Seen – 1 (5 Sep 2022)

Brief Synopsis – A Navy Dr. decides to care for the wounded while enemy troops get closer and closer.

My Take on it – Very intriguing premise that works even better once you know that it is base don a true story.

Gary Cooper does a wonderful job in the lead role and really makes the viewer care more about the character and about his actions.

Due to the fact that this was made during World War II, some of the production is presented in a more flimsy way, but they still manage to get their point across about the heroism of this man and those that were around him.

The love story aspect feels a bit tacked on and that hurts things a bit because it seems like it’s just there to make things feel more romantic eventhough it’s quite hard to feel any real love between the two characters.

They do a nice job depicting the way that sometimes orders during war make little sense to those who must follow them, but that’s still the way things work.

Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Cecil B. DeMille appears in the trailer and tells the audience how the film came to be made, after hearing Franklin D. Roosevelt on the radio. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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