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.


Paramount's reigning divas, Colbert, Lake, and Goddard, appear in unglamorous roles as three nurses who survive the most brutal Pacific-theater battles of WWII. Director Sandrich accentuates the danger and hard conditions as he depicts the courage and the daily routines of women who worked at the front. This novel approach made a big impact on the homefront audiences used to seeing glossy renditions of wartime romance. This also displayed Lake's new, short hairdo, ordered by the war department to prevent female war workers from catching their long, Lake-like tresses in factory machinery.

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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.

Kansas: I never get killed.

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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.
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie onNovember 1, 1943 with Claudette Colbert, Veronica Lake, Paulette Goddard and Sonny Tufts reprising their film roles.
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