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Academy Award winner Claudette Colbert, Paulette Goodard and Veronica Lake star in this passionate film about brave American Army nurses during World War II. Determined to serve her country in its darkest hours, Lt. Janet Davidson (Colbert) leads a group of spirited women through the struggles and challenges of military camp. From the bombing of Pearl Harbor to the time they are shipped home, these courageous women tirelessly treat the wounded despite constant reminders of dangers, romance and heartbreak. Based on a true story.
Bing Crosby is in top form in the musical comedy Here Come the Waves co-starring Betty Hutton as identical twins who join the WAVES. Johnny Cabot (Crosby) is a swell and stylish entertainer who gets enlisted by Uncle Sam to serve in the Navy, despite being turned down earlier for color blindness. His poor sight makes it just about impossible for him to tell the difference between identical twin sisters (Hutton) who try to put the make on him. Double crosses and mistaken identities collide hilariously in this zany romp through Uncle Sam’s fleet.
Lana Turner stars in a breezy comedy about an heiress who must prove her maturity to gain her inheritance, so she hatches an immature plan: join the WACs, fake some gravitas and quit as soon as she gets her manicured hands on the dough. Happily, Uncle Sam and World War II combine to help a spoiled little rich girl grow up. Co-starring a platoon of bright Hollywood femmes, Keep Your Powder Dry is as snappy as a recruit’s salute but its comedy is tinged with heartbreak. After all, there was a war on – and war has consequences.
History comes alive in the unforgettable epic motion picture PEARL HARBOR, the spectacular blockbuster brought to the screen by Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay. This real-life tale of catastrophic defeat, heroic victory, and personal courage focuses on the war’s devastating impact on two daring young pilots, Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnet, and a beautiful, dedicated nurse, Kate Beckinsale. PEARL HARBOR is extraordinary moviemaking — a breathtaking reenactment of the “date which will live in infamy” and a heartfelt tribute to the men and women who lived it.
In 1942, when computers were human and women were underestimated, a group of female mathematicians were recruited to complete secret research for the US Army. Top Secret Rosies: The Female Computers of WWII is a one hour documentary that shares the little known story of the women and technology that helped win the war and usher in the modern computer age. Sixty-five years later their story has finally been told.
Whether it was by volunteering on the home front, serving in the military or working on production lines, women were definitely America’s secret weapon during World War II. From the vaults of the National Archives now come the priceless films that chronicled the war years and the working lives of these patriotic and determined women, including footage of army nurses working in field hospitals and nurses who were prisoners of war, as well as films showing women working in steel factories, on airplane motors, tanks and more.