Review: ‘Tender Comrade’

Centered around five women, all of whom have their men in the services and all of whom are contributing to the war effort in one way or another, Tender Comrade is a preachment for all that democracy stands for.

Centered around five women, all of whom have their men in the services and all of whom are contributing to the war effort in one way or another, Tender Comrade is a preachment for all that democracy stands for.

It is a picture of considerable charm despite its terrific emotional effects. And if the emotional impact is sometimes achieved with what may seem to be overdone dramatics, then it’s to be marked off to what one can assume to be an enactment of what is actually real-life drama.

Ginger Rogers gives an unrestrained performance throughout, and where several scenes are almost dawdling she perks it up with neat bits of business. Ruth Hussey, Kim Hunter and Patricia Collinge also give excellent portrayals.

Dalton Trumbo contributes a screenplay compact and replete with plenty of excellent dialog. A notably big factor in the film’s pace is Edward Dmytryk’s direction of the sometimes slow but never tedious story.

Tender Comrade

Production

RKO. Director Edward Dmytryk; Producer David Hempstead; Screenplay Dalton Trumbo; Camera Russell Metty; Editor Roland Gross; Music Leigh Harline; Art Director Albert S. D'Agostino, Carroll Clark

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1943. Running time: 103 MIN.

With

Ginger Rogers Robert Ryan Ruth Hussey Patricia Collinge Mady Christians Kim Hunter

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