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Battle Hymn (1957)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, History | 14 February 1957 (USA)
A remorseful bomber pilot-turned-minister rejoins for the Korean War.

Director:

Douglas Sirk
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rock Hudson ... Col. Dean E. Hess
Martha Hyer ... Mary Hess
Dan Duryea ... Sgt. Herman
Don DeFore ... Capt. Dan Skidmore
Anna Kashfi ... En Soon Yang
Jock Mahoney ... Maj. Frank Moore
Carl Benton Reid ... Deacon Edwards
Alan Hale Jr. ... Mess Sergeant (as Alan Hale)
James Edwards ... Lt. Maples
Richard Loo ... Gen. Kim (scenes deleted)
Philip Ahn ... Lu Ahn - Old Man
Bartlett Robinson ... Gen. Timberidge
Simon Scott Simon Scott ... Lt. Hollis
Teru Shimada ... Korean Official
Carleton Young ... Maj. Harrison
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Storyline

Dean Hess, who entered the ministry to atone for bombing a German orphanage, decides he's a failure at preaching. Rejoined to train pilots early in the Korean War, he finds Korean orphans raiding the airbase garbage. With a pretty Korean teacher, he sets up an orphanage for them and others. But he finds that to protect his charges, he has to kill. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The true story of Col. Dean Hess, clergyman turned fighter pilot!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Korean

Release Date:

14 February 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

By Faith I Fly See more »

Filming Locations:

Seoul, South Korea See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)| Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)| Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Lt. Maples accidentally strafes a truckload of civilian refugees that happened to be near a convoy of North Korean troop trucks. In the real life incident, it was a fishing junk full of civilian refugees that happened to be near an amphibious assault being made by North Korean landing craft. See more »

Goofs

When Skidmore is wounded and coming back to land, the exterior shots show the canopy open, but in the closeups of Don DeFore (Skidmore) the canopy is closed. See more »

Quotes

Col. Dean Hess: [In a letter to his wife] I'm reaching beyond myself. I hope I find myself.
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Connections

Featured in The Twilight Zone: Where Is Everybody? (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
(uncredited)
Traditional African-American hymn
Composed by Choctaw Indian Wallis Willis prior to 1862
Sung by James Edwards
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Rock Hudson stars in Korean War flick
9 August 2012 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

This war story opens with an introduction by Earle Partridge, an Air Force general, who starts telling the (true) story of Colonel Dean Hess in the Korean War. Hess had started out as a minister, but felt the need to contribute to the war effort, assigned to train the Korean fighter pilots. This assignment turned into a much bigger ordeal than anyone had planned on. This film is another project with Douglas Sirk directing Rock Hudson. Don DeFore is Major Skidmore. Viewers will know him from his roles on "Hazel" and Ozzie & Harriet. Pretty good entertainment... some religious discussions and lessons thrown in, as Hess had been a minister back home. This is based on Hess' autobiography, after all. Of course, either Alan Hale Senior or Alan Hale Junior has to be in every war movie made... in this one, it's Junior (Skipperrrrrr!) playing the Mess Sergeant. Also James Hong is in here somewhere as Major Chong. He was the maitre D in the Seinfeld Chinese restaurant episode... he would have been just 28 in "Hymn". Philip Ahn plays the old man "Lun"... he played the old, respected father or grandfather figure in MASH, Hawaii Five-O, and many many more films and TV series. For more details, see the entry on Dean Hess in Wikipedia.org. This is one of the four films on the Universal War Collection DVD set.


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