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Battle Circus (1953)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | 6 March 1953 (USA)
Set in Korea and made during the war, this is the love story of a hard-bitten Army surgeon, and a new nurse ready to save the world.

Director:

Richard Brooks

Writers:

Allen Rivkin (story), Laura Kerr (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Humphrey Bogart ... Maj. Jed Webbe
June Allyson ... Lt. Ruth McGara
Keenan Wynn ... Sgt. Orvil Statt
Robert Keith ... Lt. Col. Hilary Walters
William Campbell ... Capt. John 'Rusty' Rustford
Perry Sheehan Perry Sheehan ... Lt. Laurence
Patricia Tiernan ... Lt. Rose Ashland
Adele Longmire ... Lt. Jane Franklin
Jonathan Cott ... Adjutant
Ann Morrison Ann Morrison ... Lt. Edith Edwards
Helen Winston Helen Winston ... Lt. Graciano
Sarah Selby ... Capt. Dobbs
Danny Chang Danny Chang ... Korean Child
Philip Ahn ... Korean Prisoner
Steve Forrest ... Sergeant
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Storyline

Nurse Lt. Ruth McGara is assigned to a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) unit near the front lines of the Korean War. There she meets and is roughly romanced by Major Jed Webbe, one of the unit's surgeons. Webbe is pushy and seems to care only for momentary pleasures, but McGara falls for him just the same. Their romance blossoms in the midst of overwhelming numbers of casualties, threats from the enemy and from the weather, and emergency evacuations that test the mettle of even a unit whose very name suggests quick mobility. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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M-G-M's great drama of desire under fire!

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Drama | Romance | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

MASH 66 See more »

Filming Locations:

Calabasas, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,201,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Keith, who played the colonel, also played an army colonel in the film Men in War (1957). See more »

Goofs

During surgery on the Korean boy, June Allyson's character who assisting the doctor is not wearing gloves. During surgery, Allyson's character wipes her forehead with her hand which is a definite no no during surgery. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Col. Hilary Walters: Nobody in this man's army can get himself in so much trouble as you in so short a time.
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June and Humphrey - fun to watch
3 January 2009 | by bukumiSee all my reviews

The black and white photography, camera angles and editing of Battle Circus are top rate adding verisimilitude to an unusual story about medics during the Korean War.

The dialog between Bogie and June is hard-boiled and cheesy and quite wonderful. It is entertaining to see a big-hearted 1950's female character (Allyson) deflecting an in-your-face, unapologetic wolf (Bogart) without need of feminist presumption, sexual harassment law and political correctness cops.

With their distinct, defining and appealing faces and voices, both leads make the film's romance seem some what logical within the logic of 1950's Hollywood. It sure is fun watching them.

And so too is a terrific Keenan Wynn and the mechanics and team work required to set up MASH units in a war zone. In the film, the tented hospitals were set up, taken down and hauled off and set up again by men and women who were clearly experienced in the service.

The surgery tents and medical sequences in Battle Circus are sanitized compared to what one sees on television these days and what was depicted in the TV series M.A.S.H! Back then, the entertainment world respected the privacy of someone's innards particularly when their guts were spilling out of a body ripped by shrapnel.


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