6.5/10
492
17 user 4 critic

Force of Arms (1951)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | 13 August 1951 (USA)
During World War II in Italy, an American sergeant and WAC lieutenant take time out for romance.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Orin Jannings (screenplay), Richard Tregaskis (story)
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

At the dawn of supersonic flight in the 1950s a group of Edwards Air Force Base experimental aircraft test pilots push themselves to the limit.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: William Holden, Lloyd Nolan, Virginia Leith
Union Station (1950)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A sharp-eyed woman spots a man with a gun on a train and her alert to the railroad police helps them in their search for a ruthless gang who have kidnapped a blind heiress.

Director: Rudolph Maté
Stars: William Holden, Nancy Olson, Barry Fitzgerald
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Submarine commander Ken White reminisces about his wartime years aboard submarine USS Tiger Shark and struggles with feelings of personal guilt.

Director: John Farrow
Stars: William Holden, Nancy Olson, William Bendix
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

In German-occupied Paris, a Frenchwoman hides a downed RAF pilot and tries to smuggle him into Portugal despite the strict surveillance by the suspicious Gestapo officers.

Director: Jules Dassin
Stars: Joan Crawford, John Wayne, Philip Dorn
Our Town (1940)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Change comes slowly to a small New Hampshire town in the early 20th century.

Director: Sam Wood
Stars: William Holden, Martha Scott, Fay Bainter
Dear Ruth (1947)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A family is befuddled when a World War II serviceman shows up to meet and marry his pen pal sweetheart. Everyone's in the dark about the romance by mail. Then they discover Ruth's younger sister was the culprit.

Director: William D. Russell
Stars: Joan Caulfield, William Holden, Mona Freeman
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A trail guide escorts a group of women from Chicago to California to marry men that have recently began settling there.

Director: William A. Wellman
Stars: Robert Taylor, Denise Darcel, Hope Emerson
Biography | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

During WW2, Pulitzer prize winner and war correspondent Ernie Pyle joins the army and writes articles about his comrades in his daily columns.

Director: William A. Wellman
Stars: Burgess Meredith, Robert Mitchum, Freddie Steele
Dear Wife (1949)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Thanks to political activist teen Miriam, her brother-in-law and father find themselves rival candidates for state senator.

Director: Richard Haydn
Stars: William Holden, Joan Caulfield, Billy De Wolfe
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A businessman moves to Hong Kong to pursue a career as an artist and falls in love with a prostitute he hires as a model.

Director: Richard Quine
Stars: William Holden, Nancy Kwan, Sylvia Syms
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A newly hired dumb secretary working for a bookie masquerading as a Realtor causes unintended hilarious troubles for her employer.

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Stars: Lucille Ball, William Holden, Janis Carter
M (1951)
Drama | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In this Americanization of the 1931 German thriller, both the police and the criminal underworld stalk a mysterious killer who preys on small children.

Director: Joseph Losey
Stars: David Wayne, Howard Da Silva, Martin Gabel
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Holden ... Sgt. John 'Pete' Peterson
Nancy Olson ... Lt. Eleanor MacKay
Frank Lovejoy ... Maj. Blackford
Gene Evans ... Sgt. Smiley 'Mac' McFee
Dick Wesson ... Kleiner
Paul Picerni ... Sheridan
Katherine Warren ... Maj. Waldron
Ross Ford ... Hooker
Ron Hagerthy ... Minto
Edit

Storyline

Winter, 1943. The German army has halted the American advance in the mountains of Italy; back-and-forth combat decimates Joe Peterson's platoon. On leave in Naples, Joe meets WAC lieutenant Eleanor MacKay; initially cool, she begins to melt during a bombing raid. Their romance develops despite Joe's periodic returns to the front. But whether he'll come back in the end becomes more than doubtful... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

There's no force in all the world like arms that say 'I love you'! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

13 August 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Girl for Joe See more »

Filming Locations:

Malibu, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The lapel insignia Lt. MacKay wears on her uniform is the head of the Greek goddess Pallas Athene, which represents Wisdom, Crafts and Victory - meant to symbolize the purpose of the WACs in WWII. See more »

Goofs

The number on the side of the jeep that Blackford picks Pete up in camp with is different from the number on the side of the jeep Pete says is Blackford's when he picks up Eleanor outside the cafe. Later, after their drink as the jeep drives in the rain, the number switches back to the first number. In an amazing coincidence, the jeep Eleanor later requisitions for her 3-day leave with Pete appears to be the jeep Blackford had earlier in the film (same number on hood). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sgt. Smiley 'Mac' McFee: Don't those Krauts ever run outta ammo?
Sgt. Joe Peterson: Gee I hope they don't. When they lift their fire it means they're comin' in.
See more »

Connections

Features San Pietro (1945) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Curtiz as good as Casablanca but grittier
21 August 2013 | by wkling-1See all my reviews

Directed by Michael Curtiz (Casablanca) with music by the great Max Steiner (King Kong, Gone With The Wind, Casablanca, Treasure of the Sierra Madre) The script crackles with great dialogue, William Holden is the best I've ever seen him, Nancy Olson is able to deliver the most romantic lines with real emotional honesty--not an easy thing to do. The idea here is a kind of bleak existential gallows humor mixed with a deeply felt love story. It also brings up PTSD. All the actors are at their best and believable. The photography mixes real combat footage well.The war attitude is soldiers wanting to do a job because they feel a responsibility to their brothers-in-arms and their loved ones back home. It's a real gem and I'll never forget it.


7 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 17 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed