Never Wave at a WAC (1953)





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Self-centered Washington socialite Rosalind Russell joins the WACS in order to be near her boyfriend William Ching, a GI stationed in Paris. Russell is certain that her DC connections will enable her to get out of the service as easily as she got in. Unfortunately for her, Russell's ex-husband Paul Douglas decides to teach her a lesson by pulling a few strings himself. Several of the army-camp scenes are stolen by Marie Wilson as an amply proportioned chorus girl, who's joined the WACS to escape stage-door johnnies. Filmed in part on location at the Women's Army Corps training center at Fort Lee, Virginia, Never Wave at a WAC was produced by Rosalind Russell's husband, Frederick Brisson. The film was released in England as The Private Wore Skirts.
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Rosalind Russell
as Jo McBain
Paul Douglas
as Andrew McBain
Marie Wilson
as Clara Schneiderman
William Ching
as Lt. Col. Schuyler Fairchild
Arleen Whelan
as Sgt. Toni Wayne
Charles Dingle
as Sent. Tom Reynolds
Leif Erickson
as Sgt, Noisy Jackson
Lurene Tuttle
as Capt. Murchinson
Regis Toomey
as Gen. Prager
Hillary Brooke
as Phyllis Turnbull
Frieda Inescort
as Lily Mae Gorham
Louise Beavers
as Artamesa
Frances Zucco
as Prudence Hopewell
Bernadine Simpson
as Gussie Gustafson
Jean Dean
as Mickey Fogarty
Anita Martell
as Penny North
Marya Marco
as Teresa Tonoku
Frances Morris
as Maj. Cartwright
Louise Lorimer
as Col. Fulbright
Lucia Carroll
as Lt. Kohler
Joan Blair
as Maj. Thompson
Barbara Woodell
as Capt. Smith
Madelon Mitchell
as Capt. McGrady
Olan Soule
as Lt. Quartermaster
Barbara Smith
as Capt. Mallory
Helen Foster
as Capt. Finch
Howard Smith
as Gen. Prentiss
Allan Frank
as Col. Colfax
Jo Gilbert
as Civilian Doctor
Frances Helm
as Lt. Green
Jane Seymour
as Lt. Col Hubbard
Omar Bradley
as Himself
Norma Busse
as Sergeant Interviewer
Margo Woode
as Capt. Smith
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If you've ever seen Private Benjamin you will notice that this movie was the inspiration for that one. Which is better? I'd say they're about the same in terms of comedy and acting and story. A pretty good movie.

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