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Keep Your Powder Dry (1945)

Passed | | Drama, War | April 1945 (USA)
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A disparate group of women try to adjust to their new lives after enlisting in the Women's Army Corps.

Director:

Edward Buzzell

Writers:

Mary C. McCall Jr. (original screenplay), George Bruce (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lana Turner ... Valerie Parks
Laraine Day ... Leigh Rand
Susan Peters ... Ann Darrison
Agnes Moorehead ... Lieut. Colonel Spottiswoode
Bill Johnson ... Captain Bill Barclay
Natalie Schafer ... Harriet Corwin
Lee Patrick ... Gladys Hopkins
Jess Barker ... Junior Vanderheusen
June Lockhart ... Sarah Swanson
Marta Linden Marta Linden ... Captain Sanders
Tim Murdock Tim Murdock ... Captain Joseph Mannering
Henry O'Neill ... Major General Lee Rand
Mary Lord Mary Lord ... Mary
Sondra Rodgers Sondra Rodgers ... WAC Hodgekins
Marjorie Davies Marjorie Davies ... WAC Polhemus
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A disparate group of women try to adjust to their new lives after enlisting in the Women's Army Corps.

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The Story of 3 Battling Beauties! See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

There Were Three of Us See more »

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Budget:

$1,348,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This movie premiered three months after Susan Peters became a paraplegic after being accidentally shot, the bullet having lodged in her spine. Peters made only one more film, The Sign of the Ram (1948), after the accident. She died of health complications in 1952, aged 31. See more »

Goofs

When the WACs are on a long march with cadence, they are marching six abreast. The camera pans closer to them, and they are now four abreast. See more »

Quotes

Valerie Parks: [Looking at herself in a full-length mirror in the morning] Oh, they're making terrible mirrors these days.
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Soundtracks

I'll See You in My Dreams
(1924) (uncredited)
Music by Isham Jones
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Played during the opening credits
Played and sung on radio by a baratone when Johmmy says goodbye to Ann
Played and sung again on the radio in the barracks
Played at the canteen as dance music
Played as background music when Ann gets a telegram
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Lana & Laraine learn life lessons
25 June 2013 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

Tidy little drama with some comic overtones. Lana, looking lovely in her first turn after giving birth to daughter Cheryl the year before, is a playgirl who the corps teaches the value of hard work and focus. Laraine the army brat who has to learn to lighten up and actually relate to people and Susan Peters, in her last role before the shooting accident that crippled her and more or less ended her career, the spunky young bride who plays peacemaker between them. All three give good performances in what is basically a recruitment poster for the war effort with a little soap mixed in, and a highly enjoyable one at that.

The three girls are basically the whole show but they are supported by some fine performers. Agnes Moorehead is all stiff upper lip in her small role as the commanding officer although she manages to mix in some warmth too. Natalie Schafer is very chic as one of Lana's fair weather friends in civilian life and in a small role as another sycophant is Jess Barker, who at the time was Susan Hayward's husband. The real standout is Lee Patrick as a former showgirl, she's sassy and brassy who adds a light touch to her scenes which is most welcome.


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