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The Purple Heart (1944) was a Drama - Historical Film directed by Lewis Milestone and produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.

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Many of the actors playing Japanese people in this movie were not Japanese. According to the documentary Going Hollywood: The War Years, many Japanese characters in films of the World War II period were actually played by Chinese actors. This was because 112,000 Japanese-Americans, who had lived in the USA for years, were transferred to relocation centers and "stripped of their property" during WW 2.
According to the 'Hollywood Reporter' in October 1943, the following actors tested for this movie: Abner Biberman; J. Edward Bromberg; Michael Chekhov; Paul Gordon; Alan Napier; and Herbert Rudley.
Excerpts from two poems are recited in this film. They are "The Boys" by Oliver Wendell Holmes and "How Do I Love Thee-Let Me Count the Ways" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
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