So Proudly We Hail (Paramount 1943, Claudette Colbert, Paulette Goddard)

Poster for the movie ""
126 min - War - 8 September 1943
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Paramount's reigning divas, Claudette Colbert, Veronica Lake, and Paulette 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.

Originally titled Hands of Mercy, the title So Proudly We Hail was taken from a line in "The Star Spangled Banner.

Academy Award Nominations: 4, including Best Supporting Actress: Paulette Goddard; Best Original Screenplay; Best Cinematography.


Director:  Mark Sandrich
Production Companies:  Paramount Pictures

Release Date:  8 September 1943

Running Time:  2 h 06 min

Genres: War

Language:  English

Tagline: The first great Love Story of our women at the fighting front!

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