Never Wave at a Wac (January 28, 1953)
Released on January 28, 1953: (running time 1 hour and 28 minutes) A Wacky comedy about a Washington socialite who joins the Women's Army Corps to get a free ride to Paris, but discovers soon that she is in the army now.
Produced by Frederick Brisson
Directed by Norman Z. McLeod
Written by Ken Englund from a story by Frederick Kohner and Frederick Brady.
The Actors: Rosalind Russell (Josephine 'Jo' McBain), Paul Douglas (Andrew McBain), Marie Wilson (Clara Schneiderman and Danger O'Dowd), William Ching (Lieutenant Colonel 'Sky' Fairchild), Arleen Whelan (Sergeant Toni Wayne), Leif Erickson (Sergeant Norbert 'Noisy' Jackson), Hillary Brooke (First Lieutenant Phyllis Turnbull), Charles Dingle (Senator Tom Reynolds, Jo's father), Lurene Tuttle (Captain Murchinson, Company Commanding Officer), Regis Toomey (General Ned Prager), Frieda Inescort (Lily Mae Gorham, Jo's personal secretary), Louise Beavers (Artamesa, Jo's maid), General Omar N. Bradley (himself), Vince Townsend Jr. (Henry, Jo's servant), Marjorie Bennett (Mrs. Martha Pratt), Joan Blair (Major Thompson), Larry J. Blake (Mr. Devlin), Truman Bradley (narrator), Norma Busse (Sergeant interviewing Clara), Lucia Carroll (Lieutenant Kohler, General Bradley's secretary), Virginia Christine (Lieutenant Myles, recruiting officer), James Conaty (party guest), Jean Dean (Private Mickey Fogarty), Bess Flowers (Catherine, party guest), Helen Foster (Captain Finch), Allan Frank (Colonel Colfax), Jo Gilbert (civilian doctor at induction center), John Hamilton (Senator Holbrook), Frances Helm (Lieutenant Green), Peter Leeds (Nick Laharis), Louise Lorimer (Colonel Fullbright), Marya Marco (Private Teresa Tonoku), Anita Martell (Private Penny North), Madelon Mitchell (Captain McGrady), Frances Morris (Major Cartwright), Jane Seymour (Lieutenant Colonel Hubbard), Bernadine Simpson (Private Gussie Gustafson), Barbara Jane Smith (Captain Malloy), Howard Smith (Major General Prentiss), Paul Smith (testing Sergeant), Olan Soule (Lieutenant Constable, Quartermaster Corps), Herb Vigran (cheesecake photographer), Barbara Woodell (Captain Smith), Frances Zucco (Prudence Hopewell)
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She’s In the Army Now!
From her first days in Hollywood, big screen legend Roaslind Russell was in charge, especially when she wasn’t. She did a screen test for Universal Studios an MGM the same day. When Universal offered her a multi-year contract she quickly signed it. When MGM later made her a much better offer, she was determined to accept it, but she had to convince Universal to release her from the contract she had just signed.
Universal Studios recognized her acting talent when she did her screen test and offered her a contract, but they did not recognize her acting talent when she showed up for work in her most unglamorous outfit, stammering and stumbling around like a person with absolutely no acting ability. She was quickly released from her contract and asked to leave. Of course, she went immediately to MGM and signed a much more lucrative seven-year contract.
In this adventure she is THEE hostess of Washington, D.C., fliting about the town with everybody who is anybody. While at a ceremony outside the White House, she looks up at a window and sees that the President is watching and waving to her. She smiles and waves back.
This lady in charge has an ex-husband, played by Paul Douglas, and a new boyfriend, a tall, handsome, on-his-way-up soldier. Unfortunately, there is a cute blonde girl who would also like to attract the attention of her boyfriend.
When the powerful socialite discovers that her boyfriend is being assigned to a position in Europe, and that the young, beautiful blonde girl has joined the Army and will be at the same base as her boyfriend, the powerful socialite decides that she must also join the Army to stay near her boyfriend and keep him out of the clutches of the blonde beauty.
Unfortunately, she thinks that once in the Army she will be treated as a powerful goddess and hob-nob with the Generals and their wives, just like back home in Washington. But she is in the Army now, and treated just like any other enlistee, and that isn’t going to make this powerful woman very happy. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Barbara Jane Smith
Frieda Inescort and Rosalind Russell
General Omar N. Bradley
Hillary Brooke and Regis Toomey
Hillary Brooke, Rosalind Russell and William Ching
Howard Smith, Rosalind Russell and Jane Seymour
Jo GIlbert and Rosalind Russell
Leif Erickson and Arleen Whelan
Leif Erickson sees the girls
Marie Wilson and Leif Erickson
Marie Wilson and Rosalind Russell
Paul Douglas and Charles Dingle
Paul Douglas and Howard Smith
Paul Douglas and Leif Erickson
Paul Douglas and Rosalind Russell
Rosalind Russell and Charles Dingle
Rosalind Russell and Lurene Tuttle
Rosalind Russell and Vince Townsend Jr.
William Ching kisses Rosalind Russell