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Battle Hymn (1957) was a War - Biographical Film directed by Douglas Sirk and produced by Ross Hunter.


Colonel Dean Hess, a WWII pilot, launches an air attack that inadvertently obliterates a German orphanage in the process. After the war, Hess becomes a minister and tries desperately to deal with the guilt he retains from the bombing. After the Korean War erupts, Hess learns about hundreds of Korean children left orphaned by the fighting. In an attempt to help the children and the war effort, he volunteers to fly missions and train pilots. Hoping for redemption and as an act of penance, Hess founds an orphanage for the Korean war orphans. The real Col. Dean Hess served as technical adviser for the production. The filmmakers hired actual Korean orphans, flown in to Universal Studios, to play themselves. Awarded a Golden Globe for Best Film Promoting International Understanding.

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