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.