Synopsis: Self-absorbed Dr. Lee Johnson enlists with the Army medical corps during World War II, more out of a feeling that it's "the thing to do" rather than deep-seated patriotism. On his first day, he's put into place by 'Snapshot', a sassy and attractive nurse. Their initial antagonism blossoms into romance. Lee then finds himself torn with guilt over being unfaithful to his wife, Penny, who's waiting for him back home.
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Director(s): Mervyn LeRoy
Production: MGM
113 min

Ought to be there pretty

soon, shouldn't we?

What's your hurry, Kid?

We got all night.

You've covered a lot

of these homecomings,

Haven't you mr. Williams?

This is my 25th transport,

More than 200,000

homecoming soldiers.

Yeah. I'll bet you've

gotten some wonderful yarns.

Oh. I'll get one now and again.

As a rule, though, a man

who has a real story to tell

Won't tell it,

Not to a reporter anyhow.

Well, how can you tell

a man's got a story

If he won't give out with it?

Williams is psychic,

didn't you know?

Gets so you can see

it in their faces.

You can always pick out your man.

You mean the man who isn't

gonna give you a story.


There she is!

Ha ha ha!

Seems to me there are a lot

Of interesting faces here.

Haven't found your man

yet, mr. Williams?

Not yet. Nope.

I'll see you later, kid.

Light, colonel?

Thank you.

Great outfit, the 299th medical.

We've heard a lot about it back

here at home, colonel Johnson.

Yes. Great outfit.

Quite a job, fighting a war

with only a hypodermic needle.


What's your specialty, colonel?


Oh. I'm a surgeon.

Had quite a practice back

In '41, I expect, didn't you?

Yes, quite a practice.

That must seem like

A long time a go, '41.

A lot of water's gone

Under the bridge since then.


With that background

And this war,

You ought to have a whale

Of a story to tell, colonel.

I'm sorry, mr. Williams. No story.

That makes it a bit rough on folks

Back here at home, doesn't it?

How so?

I mean, well, they're

The ones that have to live

With the men

Who are coming back.

It seems only fair

That they should know

What the men

Have been through,

How they've changed.


I'm afraid I have

Nothing to say

That would be

Of any help.

I don't know. I think people

Can help each other a lot.

Didn't you ever run in

To someone

Who gave you

A new slant on things?

Yes. Yes, I did.

Maybe you have some

Personal experience

You could tell, colonel.


No. I've had no personal

Experiences, mr. Williams.

I have nothing to say

That would interest anyone.

Ok, colonel. Sorry.

Guess I'll be

Getting along.

Good luck, colonel.

Thank you.

Good luck to you.

Maybe you

Have some personal experience

You could tell, colonel.

No story.

Had quite a practice back

In '41, I expect, didn't you?

Quite a practice.

Must seem like

A long time ago, '41.

Yes. 1941 was a long time ago.

How easy it all seemed

At lafayette hospital, '41.

Dr. Ulysses d. Johnson.

I kind of thought of it

As my hospital,

And everybody else

Seemed to think that way, too,

And why not?

I'd worked hard enough

To get there-

4 years harvard medical school,

Internship johns hopkins,

Surgical resident

At mayo clinic 5 years,

And finally chief of surgery.

Yep. Quite a guy.

Dr. Johnson's office. Dr.

Johnson's secretary speaking.

Hello? Oh, yes,

Mrs. Nichols.

Yes. Tomorrow is

His birthday.

Yes, he does.

Very young.

Smoking jacket?

I'm sure he'd appreciate it

A great deal

Coming from you.

Well, his shoulders are

Quite broad of course.

Height? Oh, I should say

He's about 6 feet.

Perhaps a scarf

Would be better.

Yes, mrs. Nichols, blue would

Go beautifully with his hair.

Not at all, mrs. Nichols.

Good-bye, mrs. Nichols.

He's alone now.


How many more,

Miss Simpson?

How many more

Can you stand?


Ha ha ha!

Hello, darling.

I didn't know

You were here.

I've been sitting out

There getting a lesson.

You certainly turn

On the charm

For your women

Patients, don't you?


Mm. Could be.

Oh. A doctor

Has to live,

Support his wife...

Keep her in new hats.

Oh. Well, that's


You did notice

It then?

The minute

I turned around.

You like it?

I love it and you.

Uh, dr. Johnson, dr.

Sunday's waiting to see you.

Says he has

An appointment.

Bob. I completely

Forgot about him.

Well, what does

Bob want?

I ran into him

The other day

And promised

To talk to him

About that project

Of his,

You know, the malaria

In chester village.

I've been putting

Him off for weeks.

Well, what does he think

You can do about malaria?

You're a surgeon.

Use my influence,

I suppose.

Oh, dear.

I did want us to go to curtis'

Sport shop before it closes,

Pick up some clubs.

I'm taking up golf.

Won't be a minute.

You want to come and say hello to him?

Not just now.

I'll try to make

It short.

Hello, Bob.

Hello, Lee.

How are you?

Fine, thanks.

Nice to see you.

When is that new book

Of yours coming out?

March 15 if all

Goes well.

Good. I'll be anxious

To see it.

Very nice of you to

Give me this hour, Lee.

You don't know what

A help it will be.

Well, as a matter of fact, I

I got myself mixed up

A little on this hour.

I - I'm terribly sorry, but you see,

Something has come up,

And I'm afraid we won't be able to

Have our talk this afternoon after all.

That's too bad.

Yes. I-I-I'm

Terribly sorry,

But you see,

Tomorrow's my birthday,

And penny just came by

To take me down

And show me some golf clubs

She wants to surprise me with.

I see.

Well, how about


Well, tonight's friday.


Well, we always

Go to the club friday.

We, uh, we dance.


Well, I know all this seems

Sort of trivial to you, Bob,

But, good heavens, some people

Like to dance once in a while.

Well, I haven't

Said a word.

No, but, uh-

I want to help you.

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Sidney Kingsley (22 October 1906 – 20 March 1995) was an American dramatist. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play Men in White in 1934. more…

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