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Homecoming (1948)





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When Homecoming was first released in 1948, some observers felt that Clark Gable's unusually sensitive performance was based on his own memories of losing his wife Carole Lombard in a 1942 plane crash. Intriguingly, Gable's Homecoming co-star is Lana Turner, with whom it was rumored that he was having an affair at the time of Lombard's death. Told in flashback, the story concerns the romance of war-time army surgeon Ulysses Delby Johnson (Gable) and Red Cross nurse Lt. Jane "Snapshot" McCall (Turner). Though married, Johnson cannot help to be drawn to Jane as they slog through the hellish battlegrounds of Italy and France. As the war draws to a close, Johnson is faced with a dilemma: how can he find happiness with Jane without bringing misery to his beloved wife Penny (Anne Baxter). As it turns out, Fate intervenes to solve Johnson's problem. Though well-acted and directed, Homecoming is just too thin to be spread out over 12 reels.more
Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By: ,
Written By: Paul Osborn, Jan Lustig
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On DVD: Jun 30, 1993


Clark Gable
as Col. Ulysses Delby `...
Lana Turner
as Lt. Jane `Snapshot' ...
Anne Baxter
as Mrs. Penny Johnson
John Hodiak
as Dr. Robert Sunday
Ray Collins
as Lt. Col. Avoy Silver
Gladys Cooper
as Mrs. Kirby
Cameron Mitchell
as Monkevickz
Art Baker
as Williams
Lurene Tuttle
as Miss Stoker
William Self
as Jr. Lieutenant
Jeff Corey
as Cigarette Smoker
Thomas E. Breen
as Young Man
Phil Dunham
as Elevator Operator
Frank Mayo
as Doctor
Dan Quigg
as Doctor
Kay Mansfield
as Mrs. Lovette
Peggy Baday
as Miss Simpson
James Bush
as Instructor
David Clarke
as Sergeant
Joseph Crehan
as Col. Morgan
David Newell
as Surgeon
John Albright
as Corpsman
Arthur Space
as Col. Norton
Frances Pyle
as Red Cross Field Work...
Vernon P. Downing
as British Soldier
Danielle Day
as Young French Girl
James Taggart
as Lieutenant
Jerry Jerome
as Lieutenant
Geraldine Wall
as Head Nurse
Marshall Thompson
as Sgt. McKeen
Frank Arnold
as Maitre d'Hotel
Leslie Denison
as British Colonel
Nina Borget
as Newswoman
Lew Smith
as Corpsman
Edwin Cooper
as Head Surgeon
William Tannen
as Attendant
Gregg Barton
as Captain
Jay Norris
as Officer
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Critic Reviews for Homecoming

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 28, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

A serviceable MGM star-vehicle for Clark Gable and Lana Turner.

October 15, 2012

World War II romance between Clark Gable and Lana Turner that tries to lighten up a dreary drama.

Full Review… | June 9, 2011
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Homecoming (1948)

This post-war romantic melodrama was directed by Mervyn LeRoy. The older, more mellow (and yet still very romantic) Clark Gable is more what I'm accustomed to seeing as I was growing up watching movies and this side of him is shown at it's best. The story is told in flashback, as a broken Major Ulysses Johnson (Gable) is shipped back from the war in Europe.

Before he was a shallow surgeon at a prestigious hospital. He enjoys his privileged lifestyle as well as being married to beautiful and loving Penny (Anne Baxter). When his old friend Dr. Bob Sunday (John Hodiak) asked for his help influencing his colleagues, to do some pro bono work to right the terrible health conditions in a poorer neighborhood of town, he's just too busy to help. Later Ulysses joins the Army and is shipped off to Europe to work in a MASH unit.

He's assigned a mouthy Lieutenant Jane McCall (Lana Turner) who everyone calls Snapshot and the sparks fly. Snapshot is a very efficient nurse and really takes good care managing the MASH unit, but she's not above telling Ulysses, (who she nicknames Useless) what she thinks.

You know that in the dangers of battle that these two will grow fond of each other and that will blossom into love. It's not only the war that changes Ulysses, but the love of idealistic Jane. Of course this has always been an on-going theme that is in Gable movies.

Rick Rudge

Anne Bancroft gives a stellar performance in this sure to be family classic. The young actors are great in their roles too.

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