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Cry 'Havoc' (1943)

Passed | | Drama, War | February 1944 (USA)
A chronicle of the experiences of a mixed group of Army nurses stationed in Bataan during World War II.


Richard Thorpe


Paul Osborn (screenplay), Allan Kenward (play) (as Allan R. Kenward)
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Complete credited cast:
Margaret Sullavan ... Lt. Mary Smith
Ann Sothern ... Pat Conlin
Joan Blondell ... Grace Lambert
Fay Bainter ... Capt. Alice Marsh
Marsha Hunt ... Nurse Flo Norris
Ella Raines ... Connie Booth
Frances Gifford ... Helen Domeret
Diana Lewis ... Nydia Joyce
Heather Angel ... Andra West
Dorothy Morris ... Sue West
Connie Gilchrist ... Sadie - the Cook
Gloria Grafton Gloria Grafton ... Stephana (Steve) Polden
Fely Franquelli ... Luisita Esperito


The Army nurses on Bataan need help badly, but when it arrives, it sure isn't what they expected. A motley crew, including a Southern belle, a waitress, and a stripper, show up. Many conflicts arise among these women who are thrown together in what is a desperate and ultimately hopeless situation. Written by <LRampey@shell.1stinternet.com>

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Release Date:

February 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Angeli all'inferno See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film received its USA television premiere in Los Angeles Wednesday 17 October 1956 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Philadelphia Saturday 20 October 1956 on WFIL (Channel 6), by Altoona PA Thursday 22 November 1956 on WFBG (Channel 10), by Minneapolis Sunday 23 December 1956 on KMGM (Channel 9), by Omaha Wednesday 9 January 1957 on WOW (Channel 6), by Chicago Monday 14 January 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2) and by Seattle 23 April 1957 on KING (Channel 5); its New York City television premiere took place 23 November 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2), and in San Francisco it first aired 10 February 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »


Lieutenant Smith: Burlesque? What did you do in burlesque?
Grace: You know what you do to a banana before you eat it? Well, eh, I do it to music.
Nydia: But, how? How could you? Were there men there?
Grace: If there weren't you got fired!
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Referenced in State of Affairs: Cry Havoc (2015) See more »


Where Do We Go From Here?
(1917) (uncredited)
Music by Percy Wenrich
Lyrics by Howard Johnson
Sung a cappella by Joan Blondell
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A powerful drama at the time it came out!
29 October 2000 | by GRCmgsSee all my reviews

Today this film is viewed as lackluster and stagey, but at the time it was released it told a powerful story that needed to be told. MGM always made good use of it's stable of fine supporting players, and this film did a remarkable job. Marsha Hunt, Frances Gifford, Diana Lewis, etc. all got a chance to emote along with the biggies ... Margaret Sullavan, Fay Bainter, Ann Sothern, etc. Other films that should be viewed in the same era include Bataan, So Proudly They Hail, Purple Heart, Wake Island, etc.

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