So Proudly We Hail! Overview:

So Proudly We Hail! (1943) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by Mark Sandrich and produced by Mark Sandrich and Buddy G. DeSylva.

Academy Awards 1943 --- Ceremony Number 16 (source: AMPAS)

Best Supporting ActressPaulette GoddardNominated
Best CinematographyCharles LangNominated
Best WritingAllan ScottNominated

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So Proudly We Hail! (1943)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Sep 12, 2018 From 4 Star Films

There were three reasons to watch this film. Their names are Claudette Colbert, Paulette Goddard, and Veronica Lake. Yes, this picture directed by Mark Sandrich was fairly groundbreaking in its day for telling a story about nurses during WWII but there might be mixed feelings across the board about ... Read full article

So Proudly We Hail! (1943)

on May 9, 2013 From Journeys in Classic Film

It’s appropriate that So Proudly We Hail! aired during TCM’s new series Friday Night Spotlight (yes, by admitting that I acknowledge this review is a taste late to the party), as it features a war story that doesn’t explore the quiet desperation of army wives at home.? The women of... Read full article


By Dawn Sample on Apr 13, 2013 From Noir and Chick Flicks

So Proudly We Hail! (1943). Directed and produced by Mark Sandrich. Cast: Claudette Colbert, Paulette Goddard who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance and Veronica Lake. The script for this film was written by using the stories from journals, and diaries... Read full article

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Kansas: I never catch a cold.

Kansas: I never get wounded.

Lt. Olivia D'Arcy: Stop prying into things that don't concern you.
Lt. Janet 'Davy' Davidson: Maybe it does concern me. It concerns me that the morale of this group remains high. Until you joined up, it was. You're just a troublemaker. I-I don't really care what's bothering you at all. I don't like you any more than the rest of the girls do.
Lt. Olivia D'Arcy: I'm supposed to be a nurse and that's all.
Lt. Janet 'Davy' Davidson: No. There's more than that now that we're at war. Maybe you don't know what's up. Maybe you don't know what we're doing here.
Lt. Olivia D'Arcy: You think I don't know. All right, I'll tell you. I know what I'm doing, I know why I'm here. I know what I'm going to do. I'm going to kill Japs.
[stands up]
Lt. Olivia D'Arcy: Every blood-stained one I can get my hands on!
Lt. Janet 'Davy' Davidson: [hushed] Olivia!
Lt. Olivia D'Arcy: That doesn't sound nice coming from a nurse, does it? We're supposed to be angels of mercy, 're supposed to tend to the wounded and take care of the sick. We're supposed to be kind and tender and serve humanity in the name of humanity. What humanity? Dead humanity?
Lt. Janet 'Davy' Davidson: Olivia, be quiet!
Lt. Olivia D'Arcy: No, you asked me, you wanted to know, you pried into things that didn't concern you.You wanted to know that this is - look! Look at this!
[opens a locket Davidson was asking about]
Lt. Olivia D'Arcy: Do you know what it is? I'll tell you, it's a boy.
[door opens, two other girls look in]
Lt. Olivia D'Arcy: Come in, both of you, you wanted to know too. Today is Christmas, isn't it? The time for cheer and good fellowship, and for peace. Well, today's my wedding day.
[holds out locket]
Lt. Olivia D'Arcy: You see that? He and I were to be married today, in Saint Louis. And why weren't we? Because he's dead. He died that first morning. They killed him. I saw him. He was running across the field to his plane and they killed him. Sixty bullets - sixty! By the time I got to him he was dead. His face was gone - I couldn't see him any more. Just blood - blood all over! [bursts into tears]
Lt. Janet 'Davy' Davidson: [rushes to her side] Oh, Olivia!
Lt. Olivia D'Arcy: Let me go. Let me go. They must be punished, and I'm going to punish them! He was dead. It was ended for him... [cries]
Lt. Olivia D'Arcy: I wanted him... He was all I had... I loved him so much...

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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.
One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since.
It is eerily coincidental that Superman is mentioned several times in this film. His story is told to some children in one scene, and the soldier named "Kansas" is called Superman in another. George Reeves, who plays Lt. John Summers, would be cast as Superman eight years after this movie was made, and portrayed the superhero in both a television series and on the silver screen.
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