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There's Something About a Soldier (1943)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Romance | 30 November 1943 (USA)
Five soldiers of varied backgrounds head to Wilmington, North Carolina for 17 weeks of officer candidate school. They compete against each other for a few slots plus for the women who work on base.

Director:

Alfred E. Green

Writers:

Horace McCoy (original screenplay), Barry Trivers (original screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Tom Neal ... Wally Williams
Evelyn Keyes ... Carol Harkness
Bruce Bennett ... Frank Molloy
John Hubbard ... Michael Crocker
Jeff Donnell ... Jean Burton
Frank Sully ... Alex Grybinski
Lewis Wilson ... Thomas Bolivar Jefferson
Robert Stanford Robert Stanford ... George Edwards
Jonathan Hale ... General Sommerton
Hugh Beaumont ... Lieutenant Martin
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Wilcox ... Tom (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

The Officer Candidate School of the Anti-Aircraft Artillery Command at Camp Davis, North Carolina is the setting that follows the fortunes of five cadets, but the focus is on a know-it-all-candidate Wally Willaims (Tom Neal) who, though the counseling of Carol Harkness (Evelyn Keyes) and a North African campaign veteran, Frank Malloy (Bruce Bennett), finally turns into a decent human being and Officer. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Disgraced! Degraded! Dishonored!... yet he faced his girl and his country Unashamed!

Genres:

Action | Drama | Romance | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 November 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Officers Candidate School See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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It's essentially a William Haines film set during WWII.
20 May 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

In the 1920s and early 30s, William Haines made a ton of very formulaic films. In each, he was a very successful and naturally gifted guy...but he also had a huge ego and looked out only for himself. Eventually, he'd end up doing something to disgrace himself and ultimately he'd do something very selfless to show that down deep he really is a stand-up sort of fellow. Well, despite "There's Something About a Soldier" not starring Haines and begin made a decade later, it's essentially the same sort of picture.

The very talented fat-head in this one is Walter 'Wally' Williams (Tom Tryon). He's cocky, brash and only cares about himself. But through the course of the film he learns to be more and more selfless and decent. However, try as he might to help one of his fellow officer candidate school students, Frank (Bruce Bennett*), hates his guts...and he doesn't realize how much Wally has done to try to help him. Ultimately, Wally ends up getting thrown out of the school all while trying to help Frank.

Overall, this is formulaic but very well done. Using second-tier stars, the picture does a good job telling the story as well as instilling the patriotic spirit in the audience.

*Bruce Bennett was never a huge star but his past is interesting. His real name was Herman Brix and he was a silver medalist in the 1928 Olympics! He parlayed this into playing Tarzan and a variety of other roles. But when his career stalled, he changed his name to Bennett and ultimately appeared in about 150 productions!


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