Cry Havoc

Plot sets up all-femme cast tossed into a bomb shelter at Bataan, with nine girls rounded up from evacuation of Manila to function as volunteers at an outland field hospital. Each of the nine are from various fields of endeavor, including waitress Ann Sothern, and former burlesque performer Joan Blondell. Girls are assigned auxiliary spots around the camp, but practically all of the footage centers in the bomb shelter for lengthy dialog and mental reactions of the individuals as the going gets tougher.

With:
Margaret Sullavan Ann Sothern Joan Blondell Fay Bainter Marsha Hunt Ella Raines

Plot sets up all-femme cast tossed into a bomb shelter at Bataan, with nine girls rounded up from evacuation of Manila to function as volunteers at an outland field hospital. Each of the nine are from various fields of endeavor, including waitress Ann Sothern, and former burlesque performer Joan Blondell. Girls are assigned auxiliary spots around the camp, but practically all of the footage centers in the bomb shelter for lengthy dialog and mental reactions of the individuals as the going gets tougher.

Best thing about the film is the capable cast tossed in for group of generally fine performances, despite the inadequacies of the plot in both suspense and movement. Sullavan delivers strong portrayal of the army nurse, with Sothern and Blondell clicking solidly in respective roles.

Richard Thorpe is restricted on direction to following too stagey a script [from the play by Allan R. Kenward, first presented at a small Hollywood theatre and then in New York under the new title Proof thro’ the Night], with no chance of generating more than nominal suspense at points where it should reach peaks.

Cry Havoc

Production: M-G-M. Director Richard Thorpe; Producer Edwin Knopf; Screenplay Paul Osborn; Camera Karl Freund; Editor Ralph E. Winters; Music Daniele Amfitheatrof

Crew: (B&W) Extract of a review from 1943. Running time: 96 MIN.

With: Margaret Sullavan Ann Sothern Joan Blondell Fay Bainter Marsha Hunt Ella Raines

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