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The Story of Dr. Wassell (1944) was a Drama - Action Film directed by Cecil B. DeMille and produced by Cecil B. DeMille and Sidney Biddell.


DeMille added his characteristic taste for the spectacular to the true story of an Arkansas doctor (Cooper) who risks his life to evacuate wounded American sailors from Java. First a missionary doctor, then a navy medic, Cooper disregards orders and takes badly wounded men aboard a train and fights his way to one of the last ships to breach the Japanese blockade. The film was DeMille's war benefit, with the real doctor's fee and the profits going to the Naval Relief Fund. Novelist Hilton, who adapted the story for the screen, also turned the story into a book.

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Dr. Corydon M. Wassell: Only those who are able to walk can go. All stretcher cases must stay here.
Cmdr. William B. 'Bill' Goggins: Let me see that, Cory. Well, that dry docks me, doesn't it?
Dr. Corydon M. Wassell: Bill...
Dutch Army Captain: You must choose the men you are taking, Doctor.

Dutch Army Captain: Unless the Japanese can be stopped, it will be impossible for any of your 42 wounded sailors to escape.
Dr. Corydon M. Wassell: Good gravy.

Dutch Army Captain: An air raid, Doctor. There's no cause for panic. You all know the rules. Convalescent patients to the shelter. All others are to be placed beneath their cots, Doctor.
Dr. Corydon M. Wassell: Yes, sir.
Dutch Army Captain: Walking wounded, follow me please.

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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie onOctober 23, 1944 with Gary Cooper and Barbara Britton reprising their film roles.
In the French post-synchronized version, the actors are dubbed by: Richard Francoeur (Gary Cooper); Renée Simonot (Laraine Day); Thérêse Rigaut (Signe Hasso); Michel André (Dennis O'Keefe); Lita Recio (Carol Thurston) and Ky Duyen (Philip Ahn).
Mentioned in the fictional novella "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (Truman Capote). Holly Golightly has been set up for a screen test for one of the nurses in the film; instead of take the test, Golightly goes away to New York.
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