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Never Wave at a WAC 1952

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3.7 out of 5 stars (39) IMDb 6.1/10

Divorced society hostess Jo McBain (Russell) decides to join the Women's Army Corps to be closer to her boyfriend Lt. Colonel Sky Fairchild (Ching), in Paris. Jo thinks that her high connections in Washington, D.C., will help her get out of the service at any time she desires. However, her ex-husband decides to teach Jo a lesson by influencing his own army contacts to give her a difficult time in her new army life. A secondary plot follows scene-stealing, well-endowed former chorus girl Clara Schneiderman joining the WACS alongside Jo to escape the legions of men who pursue her.

Starring:
Rosalind Russell, Paul Douglas
Runtime:
1 hour, 26 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Romance, Adventure, Comedy
Director Norman Z. McLeod
Starring Rosalind Russell, Paul Douglas
Supporting actors Marie Wilson, William Ching, Arleen Whelan, Leif Erickson, Hillary Brooke, Charles Dingle, Lurene Tuttle, Regis Toomey, Frieda Inescort, Louise Beavers, Omar N. Bradley, Vince Townsend Jr., Madelon Baker, Marjorie Bennett, Joan Blair, Larry J. Blake, Truman Bradley, Norma Busse
Studio Reel Enterprises
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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This 1952 movie was made in cooperation with the Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Women's Army Corps at Fort Lee, VA and had a cameo appearance by (then) General of the Army Omar Bradley.

Divorced socialite learned her new boyfriend was going overseas. Her father talked her into joining the WAC so she can go with him. She joined thinking she was going to become an officer.

Scenes included real WACs at Fort Lee marching to briefings, in classes, parades, being issued clothing and getting their shots, as was the 14th WAC band.

When her ex-husband, working for the Quartermaster Corps creating and testing new uniforms and equipment, spots his ex-wife in uniform he requests that she be assigned to his project. One scene the women were dressed in arctic uniforms and placed in a controlled environment with -20 degrees and wind like a blizzard. Another day they were testing wet weather outfits.

This romantic comedy brought back many memories and chuckles of my own Basic Training and my time spent at Fort Lee. While this movie may not have been Rosalind Russell's best work it certainly showed a bit of Army life that the WACs endured.
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If you love Roz then you will love this movie, Roz is a spoilt society dame who joins the WAC (sound like Private Benjamin?)The first part sees her very much as the Auntie Mame/Sylvia Fowler socialite, as she progreses we see her humble to enjoy her position as a mortal private. Loads of fun, print looks like it's come straight of a VCR but still worth every cent if you love this talented funny lady.
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Having retired from the Womans Army Corps after 25 years of service
I really enjoyed this film. I took my Basic training at Ft. Lee,VA.
and even saw several friends from those days as extras in the film. Rosalind Russell was perfect for the part and the supporting cast, especally Marie Wilson,were all excellent.Things have changed quite a lot in the army for women since this film was made
but you will still find yourself laughing at the trials & tribulations of Roz Russell as she goes through training and must finally make the decision that will change her life. Give it a look and enjoy.
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The transfer is middling to poor quality, there's a pesky RE logo present throughout that's annoying.
This film is mainly for Rosalind Russell fans (it's the only reason I bought it). The comedy is all over the place. The story involves an overage spoiled rich `girl' (Russell), who wants her father (a senator) to get her a commission as an officer in the army so she can fly to Paris on the government's dime to be with her boyfriend Lt. Col. Schuyler (Sky) Fairchild. She's not picky; she could easily see herself as a general. Her father though, tricks her into joining the army as a private. During basic training, she meets up with her ex-husband (Paul Douglas). The result is pretty predictable. And although Russell can toss barbs like no one else, she's easily undone by scene stealer Marie Wilson as Clara Schneiderman, alias Danger O'Dowd (a model......of sorts). Favorite scene has Russell going through the physical exam, smoking, while being told to inhale and exhale.
This is a cute film, hardly a classic. But I enjoyed watching it and don't mind adding it to my collection.
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This is Rosalind Russell's show and she is absolutely wonderful. Whoever made Private Benjamin with Goldie Hawn in 1980 MUST have seen this movie because the similarities are too many to be accidental. Hawn was wonderful in Private Benjamin but nobody compares to the great Rosalind Russell. She was a national treasure.
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Love the character Rosalind Russell portrays in this great old black and white classic film. Wish there were more like this one!
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It's cute, but not the best Rosalind Russell movie ever made. I'm glad I have it, but would not buy it if I had seen it before. Made in 1953, black and white, includes Paul Douglas and Marie Wilson. Rosalind, a rich divorcee, joins the army to be closer to her boyfriend. She is not prepared for the lack of partial treatment and finds army life really difficult. Her ex-husband is an army consultant and uses his position to make life harder for her. It is funny.
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This comparatively little known film, with the extremely unlikely storyline is, nevertheless a joy to watch. It is pure escapism with more than a hint of nostalgia for those of us of a certain age. The script is good with some nice one-liners, but because the plot itself is obviously rather weak things become a little laboured. I doubt it would come over as successfully as it does, where it not for the one and only Rosalind Russell - ever able to combine excellent dramatic and comedic acting with the epitome of Hollywood glamour. And where oh where would it have been without that stalwart, always believable, and I think much underrated actor, Paul Douglas as Russell's long suffering ex husband.

If you feel like some light hearted 1950s entertainment you could do a lot worse.
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