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Homecoming (1948)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | May 1948 (USA)
At the end of WW2, aboard a repatriation ship, an Army doctor reminisces about his war years while being interviewed by a reporter.

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Mervyn LeRoy

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Sidney Kingsley (story), Jan Lustig (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Clark Gable ... Col. Ulysses Delby 'Lee' Johnson (Dr. Johnson)
Lana Turner ... Lt. Jane 'Snapshot' McCall
Anne Baxter ... Mrs. Penny Johnson
John Hodiak ... Dr. Robert Sunday
Ray Collins ... Lt. Col. Avery Silver
Gladys Cooper ... Mrs. Kirby
Cameron Mitchell ... 'Monk' Monkevickz
Marshall Thompson ... Staff Sgt. 'Mac' McKeen
Lurene Tuttle ... Miss Stoker
Jessica Grayson Jessica Grayson ... Sarah, Johnson's Maid (as Jessie Grayson)
J. Louis Johnson J. Louis Johnson ... Sol, Johnson's Butler
Eloise Hardt Eloise Hardt ... Nurse Aldine Bradford
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Self-absorbed Dr. Lee Johnson enlists with the Army medical corps during World War II, more out of a feeling that it's "the thing to do" rather than deep-seated patriotism. On his first day, he's put into place by 'Snapshot', a sassy and attractive nurse. Their initial antagonism blossoms into romance. Lee then finds himself torn with guilt over being unfaithful to his wife, Penny, who's waiting for him back home. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Sometimes when a man comes back there are things he never talks about !

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Drama | Romance | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Homecoming of Ulysses See more »

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Budget:

$2,654,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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New York film critics names this picture as one of the ten worst for 1948. See more »

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At the end of the film. Penny Johnson says she followed his (her husband, Clark Gable) movements on a map. During World War II people in the military had it drilled into them that could not say anything about where they in letters sent back home. And to make sure they kept that rule. The mail from soldiers was heavily censored. This has been mentioned in numerous histories of World War II. And my own father's experience with this backs this up. He sailed all over the world during the war and the censors made no attempt to mask the fact that they had opened and read mail. So my mother started sending my father a stick of gum in letters to him. But, she always included two. One for the censor and one for my dad. And most times. That second stick was gone. And with Gable being an officer it's even less likely any information about his movements around Europe would have been available to his wife. See more »

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Good cast elevates story
14 August 2006 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Clark Gable, Lana Turner, Anne Baxter, John Hodiak, and Gladys Cooper star in "Homecoming," a 1948 film about wartime and its aftermath. Gable plays a surgeon, Lee, who falls for a nurse (Turner) with whom he puts together the wounded, endures a life with only the barest of necessities, sits in shelters, and dodges. Back home, his devoted wife (Baxter) realizes by reading his letters that she's losing him.

World War II has been romanticized often in films and in music - somehow, it is perceived by people who lived through Vietnam, Desert Storm, and our current conflicts as being somehow a cleaner war. But no war is clean, and there were some homecomings that were difficult as well. This was touched upon in "The Best Years of Our Lives," and very well here.

The story is brought to life by its players. The role of Snapshot the nurse is a different one for the glamorous and beautiful Turner than what she was normally handed - the curse of the beautiful in Hollywood. She was capable of much more, and she gives a strong performance as an outspoken soldier who finally lets her vulnerability show. The stalwart Gable gives us a man who realizes the detached attitude he had toward his patients at home will no longer work, and he has to rethink himself and his life. Baxter is the "one left out," who can't experience the war, and she gives an excellent portrayal of a woman who loves her husband but doesn't know what to expect from him when he comes home. "I know he's changed," she laments, "but why couldn't we have changed together?" Her real-life husband, John Hodiak, looks quite handsome but doesn't have much to do as a family friend - his brief brush with stardom was a few years away.

A very nice movie that shows that homecoming can be uncomfortable and bittersweet.


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