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Battle Circus (1953)

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In his only MGM film, Humphrey Bogart plays the commanding officer of a M*A*S*H unit during the Korean War. Bogart runs his operation by the book, though he can take time out now and again for compassion. When nurse June Allyson shows up, Bogie is irritated by her foolhardiness and misplaced idealism. Need we tell you that the two "opposites" eventually fall in love? Keenan Wynn steals the show as the camp's wheeler-dealer, a sort of ancestor for such future insouciant M*A*S*H characters as Hawkeye, Trapper John and B.J. Hunnicutt. According to Hollywood scuttlebutt, Humphrey Bogart liked writer/director Richard Brooks because he could walk all over him. Brooks doesn't appear too servile in his disciplined handling of the film, though one can detect a slight lack of enthusiasm on his part.

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Cast

Humphrey Bogart
as Maj. Jed Webbe
June Allyson
as Lt. Ruth McGara
Keenan Wynn
as Sgt. Orvil Statt
Robert Keith
as Lt. Col. Hilary Walters
William Campbell
as Capt. John Rustford
Perry Sheehan
as Lt. Lawrence
Patricia Tiernan
as Lt. Rose Ashland
Adele Longmire
as Lt. Jane Franklin
Jonathan Cott
as Adjutant
Ann Morrison
as Lt. Edith Edwards
Helene Winston
as Lt. Graciano
Helen Winston
as Lt. Graciano
Sarah Selby
as Capt. Dobbs
Danny Chang
as Korean Child
Philip Ahn
as Korean Prisoner
Steve Forrest
as Sergeant
Jeff Richards
as Lieutenant
Dick Simmons
as Capt. Norson
Richard Simmons
as Capt. Norson
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Critic Reviews for Battle Circus

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

An absorbing, often tingling background of a mobile Army surgical hospital at the Korean front. Unfortunately for the general pace and impact, considerable time is allotted to a dawdling and familiar personal drama.

April 8, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Though not one of Bogart's strongest, this serviceable feature is one of few war (Korea) films in which he wears uniform, and his only MGM picture, co-starring with that studio's reliable performer, June Allyson.

October 19, 2012 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Singularly undistinguished except for Bogart's presence.

April 8, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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