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Soldiers in White (1942)

A young intern is drafted and placed in the Army Medical Corps as a buck private and is none too happy about it. Injured he is placed in the hospital and a Major comes by and explains how ... See full summary »


B. Reeves Eason


Owen Crump (original screenplay)


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Complete credited cast:
William T. Orr ... Pvt. Johnny Allison
John Litel ... Maj. Charles Anthony
Eleanor Parker ... Nurse Ryan
Ray Montgomery ... Johnny's Buddy
Tod Andrews ... Young Medical Officer (as Michael Ames)


A young intern is drafted and placed in the Army Medical Corps as a buck private and is none too happy about it. Injured he is placed in the hospital and a Major comes by and explains how army doctors make important advances in medical science. The private is inspired and promises to make a good soldier. He is even more inspired when a nurse becomes his superior officer. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Short | War


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Release Date:

7 February 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Technicolor Specials (1941-1942 season) #2: Soldiers in White See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The column of troops marching out through the archway were from the 9th Infantry Regiment, part of the garrison at Fort Sam Houston. The 9th Infantry is the only regiment which traditionally marches with fixed bayonets. See more »


At several points Pvt. Allison is seen grabbing Nurse Lt. Ryan, despite her protests, in full view of other officers nearby, and none of them say anything. In real life had a private treated a lieutenant in that manner he would have been immediately arrested, hauled off to the stockade and court-martialed for insubordination, disrespect to an officer and very likely assaulting an officer. An another point in the film Allison takes an army staff car and, under the pretense of giving her a ride to her quarters, takes Ryan on a "sightseeing tour" of Fort Sam Houston. For doing so, he is put on "kitchen police" duty, peeling potatoes. In real life he would have been charged with theft of government property and very likely kidnapping (Ryan told him several times to take her back to the hospital but he refused to do so). These are extremely serious charges and would have resulted in Allison getting sentenced to a very long term in a military prison. See more »


You're In The Army Now
(1917) (uncredited)
Music by Isham Jones
Lyrics by Tell Taylor and Ole Olsen
Played during medic training
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Gorgeous Technicolor, but . . .
28 May 2011 | by frankfobSee all my reviews

This Warner Bros. short highlights the contributions of the Army Medical Corps to the war effort, with a sappy, silly story about a pretty nurse (a beautiful 19-year-old Eleanor Parker) having to fend off the advances of an arrogant, cocky intern both before and after they joined the Army Medical Corps. Meant as a morale-booster to the folks on the home front, it gives a pretty good account of the training that army medical personnel undergo, interspersed with footage of field maneuvers involving tanks, artillery pieces, etc. Overall the short isn't all that bad, and the Technicolor photography is spectacular, but the wraparound story is boring and unnecessary, with Parker giving it her all in a sketchily written role and future Warners executive William T. Orr excruciatingly irritating and overbearing as the horny intern. His annoying habit of grabbing Parker at every opportunity and yanking her back to him makes him come across as more of a potential rapist than a potential boyfriend. Veteran Warners character actor John Litel does his usual fine job as a wise doctor who resolves everything in the end. The narration by Knox Manning is bombastic and pours on the patriotic jingoism, but that's to be expected in a propaganda short like this one. Worth a look to see just how ravishing Technicolor was back then, and to get a glimpse of the workings of a military base in the early 1940s.

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